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The earthquake occurred early in the morning of December 28, and so far as Messina was concerned the damage was done chiefly by the shock and by the fires which broke out afterwards; the seismic wave which followed was comparatively innocuous.
Messina fell into the hands of the Carthaginians during their, wars with Dionysius the elder of Syracuse (39l B.C.).
Garibaldi landed In Sicily in 1860, and Messina was the last city in the island taken from the Bourbons and made a part of united Italy under Victor Emmanuel.
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