Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018

North-central Italy braces for aftershocks


Rome, June 21 - Northern and central Italy suffered
a 5.2-magnitude earthquake on Friday, causing minor damage in
rural areas as well as some injuries, prompting local
authorities to prepare makeshift accommodation in anticipation
of coming aftershocks.
The epicentre of the earthquake was located between the
towns of Massa and Lucca in Tuscany and La Spezia in the Liguria
The quake struck at about 12:33 pm local time.
The Civil Protection Department in Tuscany said buildings
had been damaged in the towns of Lungiana, Fivizzano and Casole.
In some cases roofs reportedly caved in.
At least one person was reportedly injured.
Aftershocks continued during the course of the afternoon,
with some reaching magnitude 4.0, according to local
Friday's earthquake was the strongest to take place in the
area since May, 2012 when a 6.0-magnitude earthquake killed more
than 20 people in the central Emilia-Romagna region.
The head of the national civil protection agency, Franco
Gabrielli, announced plans to travel to the area to examine the
effects of the earthquake on Massa Carrara and also perhaps
Lucca, the two areas that suffered the most.
Most of Northern Italy felt the tremors, with alerts going
off from the northeastern city of Alessandria right through to
the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region in the northeast, according to
maps published on the "Did you feel the earthquake" service of
the Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology.
Authorities are setting up makeshift accommodation in the
Tuscan areas of Garfagnana and Lunigiana.
The area of Lunigiana is considered to be of medium-high
earthquake risk and historically has suffered a series of
quakes, some very strong.
Some 50 earthquakes of a magnitude above 5.1 have taken
place in the area between the year 1500 and today.

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