Earthquake in Umbria: Families Forced to Sleep in Tents as Schools Close
The residents of Umbria, central Italy, have been shaken by multiple earthquakes. After the first tremor was recorded in the late afternoon of Thursday 9th March, two more shocks were felt in the evening. Many families were forced to sleep in tents overnight, and schools in the affected areas were closed.
Magnitude of the Quakes
The first earthquake had a magnitude of 4.4 degrees and its epicenter was in the municipality of Umber tide in the province of Perugia. The same fault that caused earthquakes in L’Aquila and Ametrine was responsible for this tremor. According to the Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, two more tremors occurred in the evening, five minutes apart from each other. The first of these had a magnitude of 4.6, while the second had a provisional magnitude ranging between 3.7 and 4.2.
Impact of the Earthquake in Umbria
The earthquakes were felt across the provinces of Perugia, Arezzo, Terni, and even as far as the Marches and the Adriatic coast. While there were no reports of any injuries or damage to public infrastructures or private buildings, about thirty people were displaced from their homes in Umbertide, and this number is expected to rise. A factory also had to cease operations.
In response to the earthquakes, the mayors of Perugia, Bastia Umbra, and Assisi closed the schools in their municipalities for Friday and Saturday. This step will enable technicians to conduct necessary checks in the respective areas.
The Director of Civil Protection, Fabrizio Curcio, is in constant contact with Nello Musumeci, Minister for Civil Protection and Marine Policies. Together, they are monitoring the situation closely to ensure that necessary measures are taken.
What was the magnitude of the first earthquake in Umbria?
The first earthquake in Umbria had a magnitude of 4.4 degrees.
How many earthquakes were recorded in Umbria?
Two more tremors were recorded in Umbria in the evening after the first earthquake.
Were there any injuries or damages reported?
There were no reports of injuries or damage to public infrastructures or private buildings.
What precautionary measures were taken?
The mayors of Perugia, Bastia Umbra, and Assisi closed the schools in their municipalities for Friday and Saturday to conduct necessary checks.
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