Natural disasters in Portugal:
Portugal is another country that has been greatly affected by natural disasters. Some previous accounts of natural disasters in this area were the:
1755 Lisbon earthquake
The 1755 Lisbon earthquake, also known as the Great Lisbon Earthquake, took place on November 1, 1755 at 9:40 in the morning. The earthquake was followed by a tsunami and fire, which caused near-total destruction of Lisbon and adjoining areas. Geologists today estimate the Lisbon earthquake approached magnitude 9 on the Richter scale, with an epicenter in the Atlantic Ocean about 200 km (120 mi) west-southwest of Cape St. Vincent. Estimates place the death toll between 60,000 to 100,000 people, making it one of the most destructive earthquakes in history. The earthquake accentuated political tensions in Portugal and profoundly disrupted the country's eighteenth-century colonial ambitions. The event was widely discussed and dwelt upon by European Enlightenment philosophers, and inspired major developments in theodicy and in the philosophy of the sublime. As the first earthquake studied scientifically for its effects over a large area, it led to the birth of modern seismology.
2005 Azores subtropical storm
The 2005 Azores subtropical storm was the nineteenth nameable storm of the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. It was not officially named by the National Hurricane Center as it was operationally classified as a non-tropical low. It developed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean out of a non-tropical low that gained subtropical characteristics on October 4. The storm was short-lived, crossing over the Azores later on October 4 before becoming extra-tropical once again on October 5. There was no damage reported and no fatalities were reported.
If you are in this area and need to contact the emergency services you can call 112or (115 for fires)