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.