THE GREAT EARTHQUAKE.
MORE VIOLENT THAN MESSINA.
VAST AREA OF DEVASTATION.
OVER 20,000 KILLED AND 40,000 INJURED,
MANY TOWNS DESTROYED.
Prcss Association—By Telegraph—Copyright.
ROME. January 15. The stricken area is greater than was at first believed. Eighteen small towns in the neighborhood of Lake Fncino, which was the centre of the disturbance, have been razed and 20 damaged. It is estimated that 20.000 persons wove killed in this region and 40,000 injured.
The shock was more violent than that at Messina. 'Hie great marble cross on the Basilica of St. Paul’s was thrown into the roadway. The glass roof in (ho Chamber of Deputies fell, burying MinLlers - tables with piles of wreckage. Many prosperous towns and holiday 'resorts have been damaged. One train, while travelling, was derailed by the shock, and a number of passengers were injured. A section of the. mountain near Salerno, 3.000 ft long and 500 ft wide, split off and crashed into the, '.alley, destroying everything in its path, and causing many casualties. Every hotel at Finpgi, near Borne, collapsed or was damaged. As the season is past the casualties were few. The rivers in the vicinity ran black for two hours after the sho:k. The fa silty system of house construction by " dry ” bidldlng i< the chief cause, of the heavy death roll. The only house standing in .Avrzzano lias concrete foundations. Soldiers is re feverishly working to rescue 140 schoolgirls, whoso cries have censed, but it,is hoped that some are alive. The town presents a frightful appearance. Groat blocks of stone, are piled one upon another, rendering the work of rescue difficult. Two hundred dead bodies and 160 injured persons have been extricated. The King' is supervising the work. An eye-witness relates that where towns once were be saw enormous whirlwinds of dust and smoke. Two-thirds of Rora is in ruins, and the 80-si Palace collapsed, burying 20 people. Many local authorities and notables are among the victims. Four hundred and fifty bodies have so far been recovered in this town, and many rescues are reported. The Pope visited the injured at the Santa Maria Hospital. A TALK OF HPIX AND DEATH. PEOPLE PERISH BY TUG BRANDS. ROME, January 15. [Received January 16. at 11.50 a.rn.) Half of Magliatto <ll Mass! has; been destroyed, and there are 1.300 dead. Three parts of Pescina was destroyed, and 4.000 are dead. Three thousand people at San Benedetto were buried in the ruins.
All the houses at Cappadocia are uninhabitable. and the people are camping In the snow. Nothing remains of Alba Fueensis. ft is believed the whole population perished. Of QOO people at Lapelle only 30 are alive. The King has gone to Sora, whore there is little hope of rescuing those buried. SHOCKS IX SWITZERLAND, GENEVA, January 15. Severe earthquake shocks wore felt in the Mont Blanc .Rgngc. and many avalanches fell. Several villages tire isolated. Slight shocks were also felt in the Tyrol.
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THE GREAT EARTHQUAKE., Evening Star, Issue 15702, 16 January 1915