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The Historical Discussion Thread: All Discussion Pertaining to History is Welcome
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11-Jan-2014, 5:26 PM
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RicOlie_2 said:

January 11:

A.D. 1693: Mt. Etna, Sicily, erupts.

Important because people died and stuff.

 Correction. It was the huge earthquake that did it. It shook the entire south east of the island. Roughly 60 thousand people died between friday 9th and sunday 11th. Cities were abandoned, I've visited the ruins of the ancient town of Noto, I've been there twice now. It is bone chilling to walk among those rocks and think that just a few centuries ago people used to live there.

On the other hand, we owe to the earthquake a magnificent collection of baroque art, mostly churches.