National Geographic : 1940 Mar
Photograph byMaynard Owen Williams AMASYA SURVIVORS FLEEING FROM THEIR CRUMBLING HOMES FOUND REFUGE IN ANCIENT CLIFF TOMBS OF THE PONTIC KINGS (LEFT) Striking suddenly in the early morning of December 27, the first earthquake caught most Anatolians in their beds. Whole villages inthis district were leveled and refugees forced to wander homeless in the snow. ,Historian-geographer Strabo, born here in 63 B.C., describes his native land as "largest and best of all. Both by human foresight and by nature Amaseia is admirably devised as city and fortress." The valley is still famous for such apples as were praised by the author of the "Geography."