1783 Calabria Earthquake Phenomena. Was it a deliberate attack?

The region of Calabria is generally known as the “toe” of the “boot” of Italy and is a long and narrow peninsula which stretches from north to south for 154 mi, with a maximum width of 110 km 68 mi. It is surrounded by the Ionian and Tyrrhenian seas. It is separated from Sicily by the Strait of Messina.
  • Calabria - Wikipedia
  • KD: In antiquity was known as Bruttium. Isn't it interesting how virtually nothing is called by its historical name these days?

On the other side of the Messina straight we have the city of Messina. It is located near the northeast corner of Sicily, at the Strait of Messina and has close ties with Calabria.

Calabria coastline is screaming with a few unanswered questions. I doubt we will be able to answer any of those, but it is still worth to bring several of the issues up.


A while ago I came across this image below. The image is that of the city of Messina during the 1783 Earthquake.


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It's rather interesting that the description was added to the inverted image of the calamity. When flipped the title should look something like this.


Das Erschrockliche Erdbeben in Messina - The terrifying earthquake in Messina. I know how such an inversion can occur in Photoshop. So', I'm not sure why we are dealing with this issue on a much older image. How do we know that dates provided in the description do not pre-date or post-date the event?

1783 Earthquake in Italy
The 1783 Calabrian earthquakes were a sequence of five strong earthquakes that hit the region of Calabria in southern Italy (then part of the Kingdom of Naples), the first two of which produced significant tsunamis. The epicenters form a clear alignment extending nearly 100 km from the Straits of Messina to about 18 km SSW of Catanzaro. The epicenter of the first earthquake occurred in the plain of Palmi. The earthquakes occurred over a period of nearly two months, all with estimated magnitudes of 5.9 or greater. Estimates of the total number of deaths lie in the range 32,000 to 50,000.
  • 1783 Calabrian earthquakes. As you can see there were 5 earthquakes altogether:
    • February 5
    • February 6
    • February 7
    • March 1
    • March 28

There are many additional images of this 1783 event. Some of them appear to have been done by possibly the same artist, or in the same drawing style style.

Cisterns opened after the 1783 earthquake (Apertura di Cisterne dopo il Terremoto del 1783)



Drawing of a little lake appeared after the Calabria earthquake (1783). Authors: Pompeo Schiantarelli and Ignazio Stile.


We also have at least one photograph based postcard of the ruins caused by the earthquake of 1783. The postcard is dated on eBay with 1925.
  • Bellissima cartolina fotografica formato piccolo viaggiata 1925 conservazione come da foto.
  • Beautiful small size photographic postcard, traveled 1925, conservation as per photo.
Even if this photograph was made on the same day when the first known photograph was made, these ruins would have to be over 40 years old at the time of being photographed.
  • Did they not repair and clean stuff up for decades back then?

Anyways, there are plenty of pertaining images available on the internet. There was also a book published in 1784 which has the following description:
  • History of the phenomena of the earthquake that occurred in the Calabria region, and in the Valdemone in the year 1783 brought to light by the Royal Academy of Sciences, and the Belle Letters of Naples, Michele Sarconi, volume published in 1784.
    • The news of the first 3 earthquakes and the enormous destruction they caused took about ten days to arrive in Naples, capital of the homonymous Kingdom of which Calabria was part of the time. The king of Naples, Ferdinand IV of Bourbonhe decided to intervene quickly by appointing Count Francesco Pignatelli as Vicar General of Calabria , with the task of organizing first aid and following the long phase of reconstruction.
    • The seriousness of the disaster had a huge impact both on Neapolitan society and on all European culture (Placanica, 1985). Numerous scientists, writers, architects and engineers, both Italian and foreign, who were sent to the site to study the phenomena and their effects. Among these also Déodat de Dolomieu (de Dolomieu, 1784), the French geologist from whom the Dolomites mountains took their name, in the Eastern Alps.
    • The Bourbon government sent an expedition of the Royal Academy of Sciences and Fine Letters of Naples, composed of scientists charged with carrying out scientific investigations and observations; this expedition is due to the important monograph by Michele Sarconi (1784), accompanied by the famous iconographic Atlas drawn up by the architects Pompeo Schiantarelli and Ignazio Stile , from which some illustrations of this article are taken.
  • I did not read this book, but you can learn more about it here.

I ended up reading a book titled: History of the Kingdom of Naples: 1734-1825, Volume 1. To give you an idea of what you are about to read, I wanted to emphasize these two excerpts.



1783 Earthquakes






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Elsewhere in 1783
Coincidentally, there were a few additional 1783 events deserving our attention. May be these are really coincidences, but what if they were not?
I would like us to look for additional 1783 events.

Our Capabilities
Governments lie, and we can see it in our everyday lives. What were (and are) the true technological and military capabilities. What can we deduce from the below articles?

KD: As you can see, this article is more of an open discussion on the issue other than its analysis. Is there anything suggesting that disasters like this one, while being considered a natural phenomena, were in reality controlled military operations? Who could pull something like that off?
It seems the port and fortifications of Messina were a very important military installation.

Quite an interesting history however no mention of the quake.
Just out of curiosity I did an overlay on my star fort map with the Image above.

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So this quake hits.
I will have a closer look at the other locations and their surroundings this evening to see if their is a bit more.

Most of the little villages in this area are little star forts as they have the same type of layout, this might be nothing and just the general design in use at the time but it seems as if a pattern is developing and just highly convenient or i should say "convent", that the quake hits the same type of structure!

Also within the quake radius is this set of forts.
That’s very interesting indeed. Looks like these earthquakes knew where the ground needed some shaking.

We also need to remember that epicenters were probably announced a hundred or so years later. Meaning that they could be at the exact location of the forts, or points of interest.

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