New earthquakes in the centre of Italy

After the terrible earthquakes that had caused hundreds of deaths between August and October of the previous year, the centre of Italy started shaking again last week, on the 18th of January.

The tremors began in the morning, the four strongest ones being between the magnitude of 5.3 and 5.6 and occurring in succession in less than three hours, with the epicenter in Abruzzo, close to Lazio, Marche and Umbria. The earthquake also was the cause of an avalanche that devastated a hotel, killing at least 6 people (more than 20 are still missing), with the collapse of the roof under the weight of the snow.

Apparently, this is just the beginning: not only are the earthquakes not going to stop soon but there are high chances of new tremors with magnitude of 6 and 7, close to the zones already damaged by the over 49000 shakes since August.

For now, there are no previsions on how this is going to end but we can just hope that, with the warning of upcoming earthquakes, the disasters and the human loss can be reduced to a minimum.

Federica Peltz

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