The 1980 Irpinia earthquake took place in the Irpinia region in Southern Italy on Sunday, November 23, 1980. Measuring 6.89 on the Richter Scale, the quake, centered on the village of Conza, killed 2,914 people, injured more than 10,000 and left 300,000 homeless. It is known in Italy as Terremoto dell'Irpinia (Irpinian earthquake).
The quake struck at 18:34 UTC.The first jolt was followed by 90 aftershocks. Towns in the province of Avellino were hardest hit. In Sant'Angelo dei Lombardi, 300 died including 27 children in an orphanage and eighty percent of that town had been destroyed. One hundred were killed in Balvano when a medieval church collapsed during Sunday services. The towns of Lioni, Conza della Campania (near the epicenter), and Teora were destroyed, and dozens of structures in Naples were levelled, including a 10-story apartment building. Damage was spread over more than 26,000 km², including Naples and Salerno.
The Italian government spent 59,000 billion lire on reconstruction, while other nations sent contributions. West Germany contributed 32 million United States dollars (USD) and the United States 70 million USD.
Scanned B&W negative
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Sergiom (62096) 2011-11-23 5:12
Un très mauvais souvenir. On voit la détresse chez cette dame. Aujourd'hui ce sont les inondations en Sicile et dans le nord du pays qui fond des dommages. Il me semble qu'il y en a de plus en plus.
CLODO (30708) 2011-11-23 5:16
A good report of the bad event. B&W adds to the sadness. It's means that you were close to this place when the event occurs.
tyro (20782) 2011-11-23 5:20
What a remarkable coincidence we have here! My good friend Lisa (delpeoples) has very recently uploaded this picture with comments and links to this dreadful Irpinia earthquake of 1980 so it is very interesting that you were actually there and captured this amazing photograph.
Your scan from a black and white negative is superb and, of course, black and white suits this image perfectly. How distressed that poor lone woman looks as she surveys the panorama of destruction that surrounds her. Such grief and misery.
A wonderfully graphic capture of a miserable episode in history!
siudzi (34047) 2011-11-23 11:57
Excellent documentary shot of this tragic moment. Very well seen and executed. Many thanks for sharing!
delpeoples (53421) 2011-11-23 12:23
Marronamia, non ci sono parole giuste per questa foto impressionante o per la tragedia di 23 Novembre. Hai vissuto tra un tempo bruttissimo e Spero di cuore che la tua zona ha ricuperato. Lo so bene che sono zone Che non hanno. Capisco che il tuo Avellino e' stata l'epicentro e Spero che nessuno della tua famiglia e' morte. Ricordo bene il confusione, il manca di communicazione ecc. Era solo dopo 1 settimana Che abbiamo imparato di nonna. La tua foto rappresento tutto di questa tragedia. Grazie di cuore per la condivisione. La stara' con mi per sempre.
Mi dispiace, sono sensa I Smiley. La tua foto merita 1000!
Silvio1953 (124729) 2011-11-24 12:58
Ciao Giuseppe, impressionante testimonianza, splendido bianco e nero, grande qualità per uno scan, bravo, ciao Silvio
ninaL (21348) 2011-12-28 12:17
C'est un document très important, et malgré son côté tragique, c'est une très très belle photo. Je suis étonnée par le peu d'intérêt qu'elle a suscité. Un excellent travail documentaire et aussi esthétique, dans un sens.
- Copyright: Giuseppe Maria Galasso (gmg) (4202)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 1980-12-02
- Categories: Daily Life, Event, Ruins, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Pentax, Ilford FP4 Plus
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Things That Mean Something [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-11-23 5:00