How did an earthquake contribute to the fall of the Roman Empire?

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How did an earthquake contribute to the fall of the Roman Empire?

Earthquake and the Roman Empire:

During it's height of power the Roman Empire had holdings in the areas surrounding the Mediterranean sea in North Africa, Europe, and West Asia and lasted for over 1,000 years. As with any empire, the Roman Empire began to fall due to economic instability, political upheaval, and even natural disasters.

Answer and Explanation:

An earthquake that hit Crete in 365 A.D. The resulting tsunami destroyed areas in Greece, Libya, Egypt, Cyprus, and Sicily. The geographic loss, the loss of people and commerce had a direct influence upon the fall of the Roman Empire.


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