A new 4.6 magnitudo earthquake hit Central Italy this morning, but fortunately nobody was injured. The epicenter was in the village of Muccia, in the Marche region.
A new 4.6 magnitudo earthquake hit Central Italy this morning, at 5:11 a.m., and was followed by three aftershocks of minor degree. The epicenter was between Perugia and Macerata, in the village of Muccia, in the Marche region.
Fortunately, nobody was injured. However, as a precaution, many of the 920 local residents have been already accommodated in the post-2016 earthquake dormitories. Moreover, the bell tower of the 17th century Santa Maria di Varano Church in Muccia crashed to the ground.
The tremor was felt as far as Umbria, Tuscany and Lazio. The mayors of the area ordered the schools to close, whereas the train services between Civitanova Marche and Macerata are suspended on damage control.
The mayor of Muccia, Mario Baroni, told that ‘there is great fear and insecurity among people. The terror is continuous and does not stop due to the growing and repeating shocks of the last days.’ Indeed, after the strong earthquake that hit Central Italy in 2016, the ground started shaking again with increasing frequency and growing intensity on April 4.
Further damages have been registered in the municipality of Pieve Torina, where the mayor Alessandro Gentilucci declared that ‘the situation is dramatic. We are evacuating three families and all this brings us back to August 2016. People are worried and there is the big problem of the load-bearing structures of the buildings, so we had to close the schools.’
The chief of the Civil Protecion, Angelo Borrelli, is traveling to Marche and will meet the mayors of the interested region. The Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) informed that the sequence of earthquake is likely to continue, as it is connected to the strong seismic activity of the summer of 2016.