Exploring coastal Portugal, Martha arrived at Tavira, a picturesque small town, founded by the Phoenicians, later ruled by the Romans and Moors, successively. One afternoon Martha entered inside an ancient ruin complex. The sun began setting behind a historic structure fronted by two naked trees. The evolving imagery appeared more like a doomsday scenario. She imagined ground underneath shaking. Next morning visiting the local museum, she learned about the recorded “Lisbon Earthquake” in 1755 that had devastated this area along with the nearby Algarve region.
A week later, BBC broke the news of a new devastating earthquake in that region.