The radio that aired the earthquake

AGI (Agenzia Giornalistica Italia), in a short commemorative service, quoted the small television station in Campania that unconsciously sent live the thunderbolts of the 1980 Irpinia earthquake

Witnesses to history, tragic events, revolutions, and… even earthquakes. Like Radio Alfa 102, a small radio station in Avellino that forty years ago, on 23 November 1980, broadcast live the roar of the earthquake that devastated Irpinia. It happened by chance: during a live recording of folk music, at 7.34 p.m., the microphone picked up the deep and impressive roar caused by the collapses of the quakes. The earthquake, of magnitude 6.9 (the strongest in the last hundred years), devastated the Apennine territory on the border between Campania and Basilicata, razing entire villages to the ground and causing almost 3,000 victims and 280,000 displaced people.

The audio of the earthquake, the only one we know of, has been published on YouTube. The noise that can be heard under the music is also due to the recording head that oscillated on the tape due to the vibrations.