Santo and Catherine Merlino Barbera’s wedding photograph. Ah the joy and bliss of that wedding day is truly overwhelming as can be seen in this photo!
This photograph was taken shortly before the 1908 Great Messina Earthquake which occurred on 28 December. It had a 7.1 moment magnitude.
Messina and Reggio Calabria, Southern Italy were almost completely destroyed and an estimated 75,000 to 200,000 lives were lost.
My grandparents then migrated to America shortly after the earthquake.
I’ve always had one question in my mind about the wedding.
Did the earth also shake on their wedding night?
Well, it must have cause I’m here!