Sunday, October 17, 2021

Levantine late-antique earthquakes

I WAS EXPECTING AN EARTH-SHATTERING KABOOM! AND I GOT TWO. Scholar explores impact of Levantine earthquake of 418/419 AD (Saeb Rawashdeh, Jordan Times).
AMMAN — Conclusions about an earthquake that damaged “many towns and villages in Palestine” in 418/419 AD came from the ancient chronicler, Marcellinus Comes, who died in 534 AD, noted an American archaeologist.

“The geological evidence is somewhat ambiguous, as well, in part because another large earthquake happened in 363 AD, and it’s difficult to distinguish geological [and archaeological] evidence from events only a half-century apart,” said Ian Jones from University of California, San Diego.


Both earthquakes caused a lot of damage to Jerusalem.

I have mentioned the earthquake of 363 CE here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. The earthquake of 418 or 419 appears to be new to me, although this post seems to allude to it.

For posts on biblical-era earthquakes, start here and follow the links.

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