Source of 1755 Lisbon earthquake and tsunami investigated
Article first published online: 29 DEC 2012
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 82, Issue 26, pages 285–291, 26 June 2001
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2001), Source of 1755 Lisbon earthquake and tsunami investigated, Eos Trans. AGU, 82(26), 285–291, doi:10.1029/EO082i026p00285-01., et al. (
- Issue published online: 29 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 29 DEC 2012
On November 1, 1755, the city of Lisbon was completely devastated by the combined effect of a tremendous earthquake, tsunami waves, and fire. The 1755 Lisbon earthquake was the most destructive cataclysm recorded in western Europe since the Roman Republic, with an estimated earthquake magnitude Mw ∼8.5 [Martins and Mendes Victor, 1990] and estimated tsunami magnitude of Mt= Mw= 8.5. The earthquake was felt as far away as Great Britain and Finland. The tsunami hit many coastal cities along southwest Iberia and North Africa, causing heavy destruction in Tanger and Casablanca.