December 28, 1908 at the bottom of the Strait of Messina was an earthquake, which has become the strongest in the history of Europe. To help the people of Sicily rushed, without waiting for orders from St. Petersburg, Russian sailors. Two companies of sailors shoveled piles, refusing to work in shifts and leave to rest. Military surgeons operated in extremely difficult conditions. Simple sailors from their meager funds lent money to those who a few hours lost everything.