1969, 28th February – Earthquake in Portugal

On the last day of February 1969, Lisbon and several regions of the country were shaken by an earthquake with the epicenter about 230 km southwest of the Portuguese capital. An earthquake of magnitude 7.9 on the Richter scale interrupted the night, with special vehemence in the Algarve region. Desolate as it had not happened for decades.
Like no other since then, the earthquake wreaked havoc, wiped out a village, gave rise to a small tsunami and caused 13 deaths, two of which were considered direct victims of the quake.
The earthquake was felt in Morocco, but also in Bordeaux and the Canaries.
RTP Notícias official website/ País, “28 de fevereiro de 1969: a noite em que Portugal tremeu para reavivar o risco” by Christopher Marques, 21st September 2017
Image of newspaper cover “Diário de Lisboa” extracted from blog “Ambitare Scriptum/ O sismo de 28 de fevereiro de 1969”, 27th Februry 2019