Italy earthquake: What we know so far

What happened?

A upheaval with a bulk of 6.2 struck Italy in a early hours of Wednesday morning. Italy’s polite insurance group described a upheaval as “severe”, and several deaths have been reported. For live updates, follow a live blog.

Where was a quake?

The initial trembler struck during 3.36am in Norcia, a city south of Perugia, Umbria, during a really shoal 10km depth, and was followed by a 5.4 bulk movement an hour later. Tremors were felt in Rome too.

Deaths were reported in villages located in a plateau between Lazio and Marche; Amatrice, Accumoli and Arquata del Tronto.

How many are hurt?

The sum series of deaths and injuries will not turn transparent until after on; many people are still trapped in collapsed buildings. Rescue workers and puncture services are operative to assistance residents though in some of a influenced towns, entrance roads are blocked by a rubble.

At slightest 38 people have been reported passed so far; 10 in Arquata del Tronco and a remaining deaths in Accumoli and Amatrice.

Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

How prolonged will it take for a towns to recover?

It will take some time before we know a full border of a damage, though it is already transparent that this is a vital disaster that will take a prolonged time to redeem from. The mayor of Amatrice has pronounced “three buliding of a city is gone” and called a trembler “a tragedy”. 

L’Aquila, that was struck by an trembler that killed over 300 people 7 years ago, has still not entirely recovered. Almost all of a town’s suburbs have been rebuilt interjection to €12 billion in service funds, though a aged city centre will not be rebuilt until 2019.

How common are earthquakes in Italy?

Italy has dual error lines, creation it one of a many tectonically active countries in Europe, and teenager tremors start comparatively frequently – vital quakes like Wednesday’s, however, are most reduction usual.

In general, a some-more shoal a quakes are, a some-more mortal they are. The error lines meant that Italy is also exposed to volcanic activity, with Mount Vesuvius nearby Naples and Mount Etna on Sicily both active volcanoes. 

What can we do to help?

If we are directly influenced or have family in a area, Italy’s polite insurance group has activated an puncture series – 800 840 840. Facebook has also activated a Safety Check for those in a area to symbol themselves as ‘safe’.

If we are tighten by, hospitals have asked for blood donations from all blood types.


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