Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018

Civil protection dept in Garfagnana quake-scare furore


Rome, February 1 - Italy's Civil Protection
Department on Friday denied issuing an evacuation order for
towns in Tuscany's Garfagnana area on the basis of information
from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV)
on the possibility of earthquake activity in the zone.
The clarification came after thousands of people spent the
night in their cars or in temporary shelters in fear of a repeat
of the 4.8-magnitude quake that struck the area on January 25 at
15:48 local time.
Late Thursday the INGV informed the Civil Protection
Department of possible further tremors centred on the
municipality of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana following a series of
minor quakes earlier in the day.
But they never materialised.
The Civil Protection authorities subsequently forwarded the
information to regional and provincial authorities, which in
turn sent it to the municipalities in question.
The local municipal authorities then made the information
known to residents in door-to-door campaigns, on institutional
websites and via social media such as Facebook and Twitter,
allegedly spreading panic.
However Civil Protection chief Franco Gabrielli said the
mayors had behaved ''perfectly'' on the basis of the information
given them and that they should not be held responsible for
generating alarm, or that the situation should be seen as an
attempt by the various institutions to offload responsibility
onto one another.
Rather he described the scare as the ''poisoned fruit'' of
the recent multiple manslaughter conviction handed down by a
L'Aquila court to seven former members of Italy's Major Risks
Commission for allegedly giving misleadingly reassuring
statements before the earthquake that destroyed the Abruzzo city
in April 2009.

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