- from Earthquakes
Earthquakes can be deadly, but can they wipe an entire city from the face of the Earth?
Well, that’s exactly what happened on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus in A.D. 365, and no one found out about it until 1934—over 1,500 years later! The massive quake struck at dawn while most people were indoors. It was followed by a deadly tsunami, traveling at about 500 miles per hour. The thousands who lived in the city of Kourion and in other parts of Cyprus were never seen or heard from again. In 1934, American archaeologist J. F. Daniel uncovered the remains of a Roman house. He found debris, collapsed structural material, and skeletons. As years went by, other archaeologists joined in uncovering this lost city. See what they found from the last day of Kourion—the day the earthquake struck.