by Tim Price, Sovereign Man:
On All Saint’s Day, 1st November 1755, an earthquake measuring roughly 9 on the Richter scale struck the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. At least 30,000 people are estimated to have perished.
A little over half an hour after the original quake, a tsunami engulfed the lower half of the city.
Those not affected by the quake or the tsunami were then beset by a succession of fires, which burned for five days.
85% of Lisbon’s buildings were destroyed. Ripples from the earthquake were felt far afield. Finland and North Africa felt aftershocks; a smaller tsunami made landfall in Cornwall.
Such destruction had a follow-on impact, in both philosophical and theological terms. In June 1756, the Inquisition responded with an auto-da-fé—a witch-hunt, effectively, for heretics.
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