26 January 1531 Solomon Molcho predicts Lisbon earthquake and gains Pope Clement VII’s support #otdimjh

On This Day In Messianic Jewish History

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On 26 Janauary 1531, three tremors shake Portugal and numerous houses are destroyed in Lisbon by an earthquake which the Pope and others believe confirm the prediction of suffering made by Solomon Molcho who was seeking relief for Jews and Marranos.


The earthquake of January 26 1531 occurred between 4 and 5 am and was felt in Lisbon and along the Tagus estuary. The shock caused severe damage in the city downtown and neighbor areas, causing approximately 1000 casualties. Two strong foreshocks preceded the event on the 2nd and the 7th of January respectively. The waters of river Tagus flooded some places along the estuary and ships in the harbor touched the riverbed due to the movement of the water. The maximum reported MSK intensity is IX, making it one of the most severe earthquakes felt in Portugal.


Solomon Molcho, original name Diogo Pires (born c. 1500, Portugal—died 1532, Mantua…

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