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1755 earthquake was influential not only in Portugal
but in all European and North
African countries, where its devastating effects were felt. The
entire world was deeply impressed and the discussion of its causes
generated a large amount of scientific and metaphysical speculation.
It inspired philosophers, poets and writers.
The socio-economic consequences
of the event were great and affected the future organization and
development of Portugal. The eventuality of a similar
occurrence urges society and the scientific community to reflect on
250 years after the 1755
earthquake, the opportunity to put together scientists, engineers,
historians, philosophers, urban planners, architects, economists,
policy makers, can foster an integrated view on our global
perception of natural disasters and how must Society deal with them.