- from Earthquakes
Earthquakes can be deadly. But can they destroy a whole city?
Yes. It happened on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus in A.D. 365. No one even found out about it until 1934. That was over 1,500 years later! The huge quake hit at dawn, so most people were indoors. Then came a huge tsunami, going about 500 miles per hour. Thousands of people in the city of Kourion and other parts of Cyprus just disappeared. In 1934, American archaeologist J. F. Daniel dug up a Roman house. He found rubble, broken building parts, and bones. As years passed, other scientists helped dig up this lost city. See what they found from the last day of Kourion—the day the earthquake hit.