1639 Amatrice earthquake

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1639 Amatrice earthquake
1639 Amatrice earthquake is located in Italy
1639 Amatrice earthquake
1639 Amatrice earthquake is located in Lazio
1639 Amatrice earthquake
Local date October 7, 1639 (1639-10-07)
Magnitude6.0 M
Epicenter42°38′20″N 13°15′40″E / 42.639°N 13.261°E / 42.639; 13.261Coordinates: 42°38′20″N 13°15′40″E / 42.639°N 13.261°E / 42.639; 13.261[1]
Areas affectedItaly, Lazio
Max. intensityIX–X

The 1639 Amatrice earthquake[2] occurred on 7 October 1639 near Amatrice,[3] in the upper valley of the river Tronto, at the time part of the Kingdom of Naples, now Italy.


Carlo Tiberi Romano, New and faithful report of the terrible and frightening earthquake in Matrice and its State (Rome, 1639)

The princes Orsini left the city destroyed by the earthquake,[4] whose shock lasted fifteen minutes and caused about 500 deaths (although many bodies remained under the rubble). Damage was estimated between 400,000 and 1 million scudi of the time.[5]

The next 14 October there was a strong aftershock.[6]

Many inhabitants fled to the countryside, where tents were set up, while others found refuge in the church of San Domenico.[2] Among the buildings destroyed or badly damaged, there were: the princes Orsini's palace[7] (that at the time of the earthquake they were out of town), the Palazzo del Reggimento (Regiment's palace), the church of the Holy Crucifix, and other houses.[2] Rosaries and processions were organized by the people to invoke the end of earthquakes.[2] There were also heavy losses of the cattle (the main source of income at the time), which forced the population to migrate to Rome and Ascoli Piceno.[5]

The effects of the earthquake were described in detail in a report published by Carlo Tiberi in 1639, subsequently revised and updated in a second edition of the same year.

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  1. ^ a b Guidoboni, Emanuela; Ferrari G.; Mariotti D.; Comastri A.; Tarabusi G. & Valensise G. (2007). "CFTI4Med, Catalogue of Strong Earthquakes in Italy (461 B.C.-1997) and Mediterranean Area (760 B.C.-1500)". INGV-SGA. Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved July 22, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d Carlo Tiberi Romano (1639). Nuova, e vera relazione del terribile, e spaventoso terremoto successo nella Città della Matrice, e suo Stato, Con patimento ancora di Accumulo, e Luoghi circonvicini, sotto li [7] del presente mese di ottobre 1639 (in Italian). Roma.
  3. ^ Enrico Giustiniani. "Il terremoto di Amatrice del 7 ottobre 1639". giustiniani.info (in Italian). Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  4. ^ Antonello Guerrera (24 August 2016). "La tragedia di Amatrice e Accumoli e quel "terremoto gemello" del 1639". Repubblica (in Italian).
  5. ^ a b "08 10 1639 earthquake". CFTI – Catalogue of strong earthquakes in Italy. Archived from the original on 2016-10-11. Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  6. ^ "Terremoto Centro Italia, Amatrice e Accumoli già distrutte da un sisma simile nel 1639". Huffington Post (in Italian). 24 August 2016.
  7. ^ Manitta, Guglielmo (2016-08-25). "Amatrice, Accumoli, Arquata e Pescara del Tronto e i terremoti del 1639, 1672, 1703, 1730". Retrieved 26 August 2016.


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