National Geographic : 1915 Jan
Photo by W. Von Gloeden ITALY HAS SUFFERED MORE FROM EARTHQUAKES THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY: THE RUINS ATMESSINA The present earthquake disaster in Italy is only one of hundreds that have marred the history ofthat country within historic times. Com prising only one-fiftieth of the landed area of the globe, Italy has sustained one-fifth of all the recorded earthquake shocks oftheworld during the entire period of modern seismological observations. Italy and Japan together sustain 40 per cent of theworld's seismic disturbances. The Messina quake, only six years now past, resulted in a death list of 77,000, being even more disastrous than thelatest catastrophe, which hascost 40,000 lives.