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Earthquake in Umbria, new shocks. Schools closed in Perugia and Umbertide


Epicenter in Umbertide, schools closed tomorrow in the town. Civil protection: no damage is reported. Train traffic suspended as a precaution. 'Fear but don't panic' some citizens who took to the streets specified. The shock was also felt in the Arezzo area. (HANDLE)

New earthquake shocks in Umbria

after the first in the afternoon of magnitude 4.6.

Two aftershocks in the evening were recorded five minutes apart: the first, at 20.08, had a magnitude of 4.6;

the second, at 20.13, had a provisional magnitude between 3.7 and 4.2.

According to the Ingv website, the epicenter was located almost at the same point as the afternoon shock, 6 kilometers from Umbertide, at a depth of 8 kilometers.

Earthquake in Umbertide, the shock recorded by the pendulum seismograph

While the memory of the 2016 earthquake in central Italy is still alive, Umbria today plunged back into the nightmare earthquake - fortunately without damage or consequences for people - after a strong shock, with a magnitude initially estimated at 4.4 by the National Institute of geophysics and volcanology (Ingv) and subsequently corrected in 4.3.

Earthquake in Umbertide, damaged houses in Pian d'Assino

"So much fear, but don't panic", said the citizens, many of whom took to the streets.

The main shock, followed by some minor aftershocks, took place at 16.05 with its epicenter in the hamlet of Montecastelli, about 5 kilometers from the city of Umbertide, along the Tiberina state road leading to Città di Castello.

And it was felt in a very large area.

Houses and palaces also shook in the Umbrian capital.

 "It was certainly felt between the provinces of Perugia, Arezzo and Ternano up to the Marches and the Adriatic coast", Salvatore Stramondo, director of the Ingv national earthquake observatory, told ANSA.

After the first inspections in Umbertide and nearby towns, no damage or problems for people were reported.

Many phone calls - but mostly linked to requests for information - went to the fire brigade, who also activated a helicopter to fly over the area.

No citizen intervention requests.

Only a few small detachments of plaster, and fallen cornices and tiles are reported. 


ANSA. it

Earthquake in Umbria, magnitude 4.4 - Science & Technology


The Umbria Region has confirmed that there are no emergencies in the province of Perugia.

The president Donatella Tesei follows the evolution of the situation, in contact with the leaders of the civil protection.

"He felt very strong", said the mayor of Umbertide, Luca Carizia, explaining that he immediately started the inspections, first of all in the hospital and school buildings and confirming that at the moment no damage has been reported.

As a precaution, schools in Umbertide and also in Perugia will remain closed.

Again as a precaution, to allow for controls, the movement of trains on the former Umbrian central railway between Ponte Pattoli, in the Perugia area, and Ranchi, in the Tifernate area, was also temporarily suspended, according to Rfi announcements.

Earthquake in Umbertide, the mayor: 'Schools closed on Friday and Saturday'

In Umbertide and in the hamlets, there was still a lot of fear.

"But the situation is calm", explain the citizens.

"My building shook very hard - says a man - and the windows seemed to break, but then there was no damage, everything is fine".

"It was a strong shock, perhaps a startle - explains another resident - and it was also quite long".

Everyone's memory goes back to the earthquake of 2016, and, before that, to that of '97.

An old man tells of a strong quake in 1984: the seismicity map prepared by the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology indicates that it dates back to April 29 of that year, with a magnitude of 5.6 and which affected all of northern Umbria.

Among the places most damaged, Assisi, Gubbio, Perugia Città di Castello and Umbertide.

The affected area "is an area that has an important historical and recent seismicity", explained the director of the Ingv Stramondo national earthquake observatory.

It is possible to say at the moment that "the earthquake occurred in an area in which the mechanism is the extensional one, typical of the Apennine area", a sort of 'stretching' of the earth's crust in correspondence with the Apennines with a consequent widening of the 'Central Italy".

Source: ansa

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