New earthquake off Adriatic coast

ImageThere’s no peace for the people of the Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy. While minor tremors continue day and night in the area north of Modena, a new quake of 4.5 on the Richter scale was registered just after 6.00 am this morning just off the Adriatic coast near Ravenna.

Although the quake is recorded as happening at 26 km below the earth’s surface it was reported to have been felt on the mainland, although no major danage or injury was caused. Experts at the INGV explained that while this quake was caused by a different (and possible new) ‘fault’, it is still linked to tha activity along the northern Appenines fault, located under the plains of Ferrara, Modena and Mantua, the areas worst hit since the first major earthquake on 20th May.

As well as being a major sea port, Ravenna is also an important area for stocking and distributing methane gas. Gas platforms are also located in the Adriatic, based around the port.

The Emilia region continues to count the cost of the recent quakes, with thousands still living in tents and alternative accomodation, many small and larger businesses and industrial units still out of action, and extensive damage to the fertile countryside and livestock. The number of deaths has also risen to 25 as a 46 year old woman from Cento, near Ferrara, died yesterday after being hit by falling rubble during the last major quake on May 29th.

Many families had fled from the worst hit areas to the nearby coastal resorts along the Adriatic where there is plentiful accomodation and was considered it to be safer and healthier.

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