An earthquake of magnitude 4.9 shook central Italy this Monday, with its epicenter in the area of Marradi, in the province of Florence, in the Tuscany region, and was also felt in the regions of Emilia Romagna and Marche, causing much fear. among the population that took to the streets.
An earthquake of magnitude 4.9 shook central Italy today, with its epicenter in the Marradi area, in the province of Florence, in the Tuscany region, and was also felt in the regions of Emilia Romagna and Marche, causing much fear among the population that took to the streets, but so far no injuries or serious damage have been reported.
The seismic event occurred at 05:10 local time (4:10 GMT), according to the Italian Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), and was strongly felt in Florence and throughout Tuscany and was followed by other earthquakes of lesser intensity.
The Civil Protection of Florence has not received reports so far of damage to property or people, but the mayor of Marradi (Florence), Tommaso Triberti, and other councilors of the towns near the epicenter such as Borgo San Lorenzo, Firenzuola or Palazzuolo Moschetti decided close schools as a precaution.
“Many requests from frightened citizens, some checks in progress to detect cracks in private homes, but there are no reports of damage or people involved,” reported the firefighters of the province of Forlì-Cesena after the 5:10 a.m. earthquake between Emilia Romagna and Tuscany, with its epicenter in Marradi.
The head of the Italian Civil Protection service, Fabrizio Curcio, also explained to the “Rainews24” news channel that “there are no particularly difficult situations or particular damages” and that “checks will continue throughout the morning.”
At the moment, the only problems are registered in the railway network to carry out controls on the tracks, so the Pontassieve-Borgo San Lorenzo regional line and the one linking Florence and Faenza have been interrupted, while the high-speed train has been diverted by another route.
The area affected by the Marradi earthquake “is characterized by a high seismic danger”, explained the INGV, which recalled two strong earthquakes in the past, both with epicenters in the Mugello area, a historic region in the heart of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, about 25 km north of Florence: the seismic event of June 13, 1542 of estimated magnitude 6.0 and the seismic event of June 29, 1919 of magnitude 6.4.
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