The fear of earthquakes spurs public safety officials to launch preparedness activities, such as the Seismo 12 exercise in Basel. Throughout history that fear has also inspired works of art depicting the disastrous effects of earthquakes.
With a magnitude of 6.5 to 7.0 on the Richter scale, the most devastating earthquake recorded in central Europe occurred in Basel in 1356. The Swiss city is still considered at risk because of its fault zone location and dense population. (Photos: akg-images, Reuters, AFP, Wikipedia)