Today in Earthquake History
Earthquake History for November 23rd
- One of the world's deadliest earthquakes.
Over 3,000 people killed, about
1,900 missing, 7,750 injured, 250,000 homeless
and extensive damage in a 25,000 square kilometer
area of Campania and Basilicata.
- The earthquake was centered in the area of Bermejo and Caucete where
the death toll was highest and where there was extensive
damage. The death toll was 70, at least 300 were
injured, and there was extensive damage in many of the
surrounding areas. The main shock was followed by a number of
aftershocks, some of which were quite strong. The largest was
a magnitude 6.0 on November 24. A number of aftershocks had
magnitudes of about 5.5.
From Significant Earthquakes of the World 1977,
and Earthquake Information Bulletin, Volume 10, Number 3.
- Chimneys fell, twisted, or cracked in several towns
in Madison County, including Alder, Cameron, Ennis,
Laurin, and Virginia City. New springs formed in several
areas, and creeks became muddy. Huge rocks rolled
down the mountainside. Brick, masonry, and concrete
structures sustained much damage. Also felt in parts
of Idaho, Washington, and Wyoming.
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