Panic as 3 earthquakes strike Umbria


An earthquake determining 4.1 on the Richter scale struck the central Italian area of Umbria on Monday night, and was followed by two smaller quakes today, producing panic among citizens and closing schools in the hilltop town of Orvieto.The first quake, which was also felt in Tuscany and Lazio, was registered by the National Institute of Geophysics right before 10.30 pm.


The epicenter remained in the town of Castel Giorgio at a depth of 14.8 km.Nobody was injured and there were no reports of damage to property.But strong trembling’s might be felt in Perugia, Trasimeno and Orvieto, along with the Tuscan provinces of Arezzo and Grosseto.


Last night’s was strong and lasted perhaps 15 seconds. It was frightening, we just froze, specifically with not really knowing exactly what to do, Linda Martinez, a mom of 3 who lives in the hill town of Orvieto, informed The Local.A 3.4 magnitude quake hit the Lake Bolsena area at 9.22 am on Tuesday, and was followed a few minutes later on by one measuring 2.6, according to information the global earthquake keeping an eye on site, EMSC/CSEM.


Both were likewise felt in Orvieto, triggering authorities to send schoolchildren home. Schools will remain closed on Wednesday.This morning it was much milder, Martinez added.IjHonkanen, who also resides in Orvieto, stated his sofa started to shake as he was chatting with a good friend on Skype.I instantly left the apartment or condo, he told The Local.


People were panicking but I’ve felt many since I’ve lived here, so wasn’t so concerned. I spoke to a good friend in Castel Giorgio, who stated her structure shook and some paintings fell off the wall, but besides that, there was no damage reported."The earthquakes come a month after a 3.6 magnitude quake struck Florence province.More than 50 little quakes within the space of 5 days were felt in the main Molise area in January.


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