1909, 23rd April – The Benavente Earthquake

The Benavente earthquake, on 23rd April 1909, is considered the most devastating in continental Portugal in the 20th century.
With a short duration, about 22 seconds, and an estimated magnitude of 6.7 degrees on the Richter scale, this earthquake caused in the county only a few dozen dead and injured, a balance that was no longer dramatic because at the time it occurred, 5:05 pm, most of the population was working in the fields.
The villages violently affected were Benavente, Samora Correia and Santo Estevão.
Benavente Municipality website “Terramoto de 1909”
Picture extracted from Eu Gosto de Santarém”