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How an Earthquake, Tsunami, and Firestorm All Hit Lisbon at Once

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On November 1, 1755, tectonic plates shift suddenly, causing an 8.5 magnitude earthquake, the epicenter of which is only 150 miles from Portugal's capital. It sets off a tragic chain of events.

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A catastrophe of biblical proportions walloped Lisbon, Portugal on November 1, 1755. A combination of earthquake, tsunami, and firestorm devastated the devoutly religious city on All Saint's Day, turning churches into deathtraps and transforming the streets of the capital into a hellish landscape. Experience the catastrophe firsthand as we recreate the disaster through the eyes of one of its survivors and reveal how this event brought an empire to its knees and shook its belief in God.

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