Despite recent important contributions to the completeness of earthquake catalogs, there are still significant gaps in our knowledge about the preinstrumental seismicity of the Iberian Peninsula. This is true even for the second half of the nineteenth century, in spite of the vast increase in the number of scientific institutions and newspapers in these decades. In the last extensive revision of the Iberian earthquake catalog (Rodríguez de la Torre, 1990a,b), the number of known earthquakes occurring between 1851 and 1900 increased from 620 to 2066 as a result of the systematic search conducted by Rodríguez de...

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