Conference – 1887: the great Riviera earthquake

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“The great earthquake of February 23, 1887 was the most powerful known to have occurred in the relatively near past. “Projection-Conference by André Laurenti of the Association Française de Génie Parasismique.

This Franco-Italian earthquake, with an estimated magnitude of 6.8, was felt over a vast territory of around 300,000 km², encompassing 5 countries. In France, it was felt in over 25 departments. Many towns and villages were severely damaged in Liguria, but also in Alpes-Maritimes and the eastern part of Alpes de Haute Provence. The tremors affected the communes of Entrevaux, Castellet-lès-Sausses, Braux, Saint-Benoît, Annot and Saint-Pierre, without sparing La Rochette and its château.
Based on historical documents, André Laurenti, author of the “” website and member of the Association Française de Génie Parasismique (A.F.P.S.), will evoke this event that took place during a particular period known as the Belle Époque. A new era that began in 1860 with the attachment of the County of Nice to France. Since then, more and more winter visitors from all over Europe, and even from Russia and America, have flocked to the French and Italian Riviera.
The year 1887 was shaping up to be an exceptional one, with the number of overwinterers breaking all records. A few hours after the final closing of the Nice Carnival, at dawn on February 23, an earthquake brought the season to an abrupt halt, causing widespread panic and a mass exodus of overwinterers.

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