An earthquake, felt distinctly last night in Naples, had as its epicenter the Phlegraean Fields, where a magnitude of 4.0 was recorded. This is learned from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, according to which the earthquake occurred at 22.08, at a depth of 3 kilometers.
The earthquake was felt distinctly in various areas of the city, both in the hilly area of Vomero and on the seafront, in Posillipo and in the downtown areas close to Piazza del Plebiscito.
In the area of Via Pisciarelli, the epicenter of the earthquake, on the border between the Municipality of Pozzuoli and Agnano, a hamlet of Naples, many people spent the night in the street. Some have plucked up courage and returned to their homes, but many are still afraid. There are people, like an elderly couple, waiting with suitcases on the sidewalk: "now our relatives arrive, they will take us to their home", they say. Meanwhile, stability checks continue on buildings, both public and private, and also at some factories.
Fear at the Phlegraean Fields, falling rubble
The earthquake caused a lot of fear in the area of the epicenter, where there is the fall of some rubble, especially in the area of Agnano, but at present no significant damage. However, people have poured into the streets and do not want to return to their homes. The switchboard of the fire brigade of Naples was literally stormed by the phone calls of hundreds of frightened citizens. Numerous reports, many have called only because shaken by fear.
The citizens of Pozzuoli: "Tell us the truth"
Not only fear, but also exasperation mixed with anger, among the people of Pozzuoli who are in the street after the earthquake that in the evening shook this town of the Phlegraean Fields. "They don't tell us the truth," says one woman, claiming that the magnitude 4.0 estimate is underestimated. "It felt like the house was collapsing," says another. And also on Facebook, in the profile of the Municipality and the mayor Gigi Manzoni, there are comments that reveal the discouragement and anxiety of people who have been struggling for a long time with an endless seismic swarm. Just today in the Region a meeting was held on the seismic events that are affecting the area of the Phlegraean Fields, with the governor Vincenzo De Luca, to make in particular a check on the existing plans on the transport and health front.
Vesuvius Observatory: superficial earthquake but the swarm continues
"It was a superficial earthquake, people felt it well especially in the area of Agnano, closer to the epicenter. We also expect other events, but beyond some fallen rubble, at present there does not seem to be any major damage to the structures ". This is the first examination of the director of the Vesuvius Observatory, Mauro Di Vito, who spoke to the microphones of Canale 21.
"Seismic activity continues and will continue. On this - explains Di Mauro - no doubt. Soil uplift will continue. The defenses to be adopted consist in the correct behaviors to be held. You have to manage fear and do all the necessary checks on the buildings. Earthquakes - he concluded - are not predictable but I can assure you that everything is being done to mitigate the effects of the earthquake".
The Municipality of Pozzuoli invites you to report any damage
The Municipality of Pozzuoli, the nearest town to the epicenter of the earthquake (5 kilometers), has published on its Facebook page a notice inviting the population to report any "damage or inconvenience" to the command of the municipal police.
Earthquake: Municipality of Pozzuoli invites you to report any damage
The press release explains that "the Vesuvius Observatory of INGV has communicated to this administration that starting at 22:08 (local time) a sequence of seismic events is underway in the area of the Phlegraean Fields with a preliminary maximum magnitude "of 4, with variations in more or less than 0.3. "The most significant event, located near Via V traversa Pisciarelli, occurred at 22:08, local time, at a depth of 2.6 km", always with the same magnitude. The Municipality, together with the Civil Protection, "closely follows the evolution of the seismic sequence in progress and will provide subsequent updates until the conclusion of the phenomenon".
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