Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Three earthquakes, 5.3, 5.7 and 5.6 magnitude, shake central Italy

Three earthquakes measuring above 5 on the Richter scale hit the central Italian region at around 10:25, 11:14 and 11:25 on Wednesday morning.

The quakes were felt in Rome along with other areas of Lazio, Abruzzo and the Marche, and as far away as Spoleto, Umbria. Minor damage was reported in Amatrice - the scene of 2016's deadly August quake.

According to Italy's Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, the first quake had a magnitude of 5.3 and a depth of 10km, and the second measured 5.6 on the Richter Scale.

Firefighters have deployed helicopters to assess the scene, but said that there had been no requests for rescue. Various schools in the area have been evacuated as part of the emergency plan.

The epicentre of the quake is in Montereale, a town in the L'Aquila province just over 100km north-east of Rome. The capital suspended its Metro service on Wednesday morning and the motorway connecting Rome, L'Aquila and Teramo, the A24, has also been closed for checks.

The head of Italy's Civil Protection Department, Fabrizio Curcio, said he was waiting to hear from local mayors and firefighters in order to assess any damage from the latest tremor..........http://www.thelocal.it/20170118/5-4-magnitude-earthquake-shakes-central-italy
 18/1/17
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  • Magnitude mb 5.3

Region CENTRAL ITALY
Date time 2017-01-18 09:25:41.3 UTC
Location 42.55 N ; 13.26 E
Depth 9 km
Distances 97 km NE of Roma, Italy / pop: 2,564,000 / local time: 10:25:41.3 2017-01-18
25 km NW of L’Aquila, Italy / pop: 68,600 / local time: 10:25:41.3 2017-01-18
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  • Magnitude mb 5.7

Region CENTRAL ITALY
Date time 2017-01-18 10:14:10.8 UTC
Location 42.53 N ; 13.28 E
Depth 9 km
Distances 96 km NE of Roma, Italy / pop: 2,564,000 / local time: 11:14:10.8 2017-01-18
22 km NW of L’Aquila, Italy / pop: 68,600 / local time: 11:14:10.8 2017-01-18
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  • Magnitude mb 5.6

Region CENTRAL ITALY
Date time 2017-01-18 10:25:26.6 UTC
Location 42.56 N ; 13.36 E
Depth 10 km
Distances 103 km NE of Roma, Italy / pop: 2,564,000 / local time: 11:25:26.6 2017-01-18
23 km N of L’Aquila, Italy / pop: 68,600 / local time: 11:25:26.6 2017-01-18
[emsc-csem.org]
18/1/17
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1 comment:

  1. Central Italy was struck with a series of earthquakes, measuring up to magnitude 5.7, with tremors reportedly felt across the regions of Abruzzo, Marche and Lazio – including the city of Rome...
    The initial quake, measuring 5.4, hit at around 10:25am local time on Wednesday and was recorded 104km (69 miles) northeast of Rome, according to the US Geological Survey. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reports the depth of the quake at 10km. Up to seven quakes followed, the largest measuring 5.7, hitting 110km northeast of Rome, according to the EMSC.

    The epicenter is understood to be just 7km from the town of Amatrice, the scene of a devastating 6.1 magnitude earthquake in August 2016, which claimed 297 lives. It’s less than 50km from the city of L'Aquila where more than 300 people were killed by an earthquake in 2009.............https://on.rt.com/80mk

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