by Robert John Stevens, October 5, 2016
Most people don’t think much about the dangers of un-reinforced masonry homes and buildings.
My Italian grandparents were lucky to survive the Messina, Italy earthquake of 1908 which struck at 5:20 a.m. on December 28, 1908 and killed 50% of the citizens of Messina.
Relatives told me my grandmother who was a young girl at the time, was lying next to her grandmother asleep in bed. They lived nearby in the town of Villa San Giovanni. A beam crashed and killed her grandmother. My grandmother awoke and ran out of the house. My mother said it was terrifying for her mother who didn’t want to speak about the earthquake but did say the ground opened up as she ran.
The Messina, earthquake photos show massive rubble and devastation.