Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. December 28, 1908. The most powerful recorded earthquake in Europe stuck and almost completely levelled two southern cities, across the narrow strait that separates Sicily from Calabria. Do you know the names of these cities?
2. January 13, 1915. The town of Avezzano, in the Abruzzi region, was completely destroyed by a shock of 6.7 magnitude, killing 30,000 in the area (96% of the population). In which mountain chain is Avezzano?
3. July 23, 1930. A 6.6 earthquake struck the area called Irpinia claiming 1400 lives. Where is Irpinia? (Not very far from Naples)
4. January 14 and 15, 1968. A sequence of shocks killed between 230 and 400 people, leaving 100,000 homeless, in the event that is remebered in Italy as the Terremoto (eathquake) del Belice. Where is the valley of Belice?
5. February 6, 1971. The earthquake of Tuscania killed 31, wounded 100 and left 5,000 homeless. Tuscania is a town in Lazio, famous for the archaeological remains of an ancient civilisation. Which?
6. May 6, 1976. A 6.5 magnitude (Mercalli intensity X) quake struck a region in the extreme north of Italy, killing almost 1,000. The event affected also nearby Slovenia. What's the name of this region?
7. November 23, 1980: Irpinia again. A 6.9 quake left circa 2,500 people dead and 250,000 homeless. The town of Sant'Angelo dei Lombardi was almost completely destroyed, but a major city also suffered victims and damages. It is the largest city in the South of Italy.
8. September 26, 1997. A series of quakes shook Umbria and Marche. Of all dramatic episodes, the one that is still remembered is the collapse of the cupola with frescoes by Cimabue and Giotto in the cathedral of Saint Francis, that killed two friars and two surveying technicians. Where did it happen exactly? (Think St. Francis of...)
9. April 6, 2009. A beautiful city in the heart of Apennines was severely damaged, leaving 309 dead, more than 1,500 injured and ten of thousands homeless. Do you remember the name of this city, main centre of the Abruzzi region? (Hint: the name means "The Eagle")
10. August 24, 2016. Central Italy was badly wounded by the first of a series of earthquakes in a mountainous area extending across Marche, Umbria, Abruzzi and Lazio. The towns of Amatrice and Accumuli were almost completely destroyed, with more than 300 deaths.
Two months later, new quakes struck a nearby area, damaging the beautiful town of Norcia. The local basilica collapsed. Do you know to which saint the basilica was dedicated? He's the patron saint of Europe.
Source: Author zordy
This quiz was reviewed by FunTrivia editor bloomsby
before going online.
Any errors found in FunTrivia content are routinely corrected through our feedback system.