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Dozens of earthquakes in the Naples area

Dozens of earthquakes in the Naples area

As of: May 21, 2024 at 11:27 AM

In Italy, a series of earthquakes shook the Naples area. In the towns surrounding the epicenter, many people refused to return to their homes after the earthquake. There are no reports of serious damage.

The area surrounding the Italian city of Naples was shaken by the strongest earthquakes in 40 years. There have been no reports of injuries or serious damage so far. Emergency services in the area reported cracks in buildings and parts of them falling.

Emergency shelters in Pozzuoli

Media reports said that many people felt afraid and fled to the streets due to anxiety. Residents told the Corriere del Mezzogiorno newspaper that some houses literally shook, especially near the epicenter. The short but violent tremor was preceded by weaker tremors.

In the towns surrounding the epicenter, residents remained in the streets until late Monday evening and refused to return to their homes. According to the mayor, emergency shelters have been set up in the town of Pozzuoli. Schools in the city remained closed today out of an abundance of caution.

The institute expects more earthquakes

The earthquake was recorded yesterday around 8:10 pm. The National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) announced that the earthquake had a magnitude of 4.4 and identified the epicenter in the phyllgrain fields. According to media reports, the tremor was clearly felt not only in the towns near the filigree fields, but also in Naples, including the port area.

In the hours that followed, INGV recorded several more weak tremors. At approximately 9:45 p.m., experts reported a 3.9-magnitude earthquake. According to Mauro De Vito of INGV, these were the most violent tremors in 40 years. The institute announced that other earthquakes of the same magnitude are possible.

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High volcanic activity in Campania

The Phlegrian Fields, an area of ​​high volcanic activity in the Campania region of southern Italy, has been hit by several small earthquakes for some time. Most of the time, it is small, imperceptible tremors that weaken the crust in the area.

The area has been under the yellow alert level for eleven years, which calls for caution. However, there have also been stronger tremors in recent months. The last time a stronger earthquake, measuring 4.2, occurred in September 2023.