Italy earthquake: How strong is the earthquake?

<p> The earthquake affected several Italian cities, including Rome. (Getty Images) </p>
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The earthquake affected the residents of several Italian cities, including Rome (Getty Images)

The Italian coast experienced a large-scale earthquake off the coast of Rimini and was felt in several major cities including Rome and Bologna. The earthquake also shook a number of other European countries such as Vatican City, Croatia, San Marino and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

But how big was the tremor and did anyone get hurt?

Here is everything you want to know.

How big is the earthquake in Italy?

An earthquake of magnitude 5.6 was recorded and felt in northern and central Italy and some parts of the Balkans.

Seismologists claim that about 350 earthquakes of this size occur each year. An earthquake of magnitude 5.5 to 6 usually causes minor damage to buildings and other structures around it.

According to the European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC), the earthquake was at a depth of about 10 km

When did the earthquake occur?

An earthquake shook the Italian coast on Wednesday, November 9 at 7:07 local time (6:07 GMT). Then two small tremors of 3.1 and 3.4 degrees followed a few minutes later.

What happened in Italy after the earthquake?

Emergency services were called to attend scenes of several buildings that were reported to have shown cracks in a cluster of Italian cities, as many of the public ran into the streets.

The quake was felt throughout northern and central Italy and was felt mainly in areas such as Bologna, Rome and Rimini. Residents shared a number of videos on social media, and there were footage of food and drink thrown on the ground in supermarkets as a result of the earthquake.

Many schools were closed in parts of Italy in the central Marche region and trains were canceled on several lines including between Ancona and the Italian capital, Rome.

Were there any injuries?

Vigil deluoco, the Italianire and Rescue Service, wrote on its Twitter page: “At the moment, no requests for assistance or damage reports have been received in the operating room of the #vigildelfuoco command.”

The fire services are conducting inspections of many buildings damaged as a result of the earthquake.

There are currently no reports of any deaths or injuries.

Central Italy is one of the most seismically active regions in Europe. In 2016, the area was hit by a 6.2-magnitude earthquake that killed 299 people. Several deaths were reported in the mountain village of Amatris.

What is the most dangerous type of earthquake?

Size scales They are used to measure the intensity of an earthquake and there are many different categories that an earthquake can fall into. Here are some examples:

  • 2.5 degrees – usually not felt but can be recorded by a seismograph. It is estimated that millions occur each year.
  • 2.5 to 5.4 degrees – usually felt but will only do minor damage. About 500,000 take place each year.
  • From 5.5 to 6 degrees – can cause minor damage to adjacent buildings and structures. It is estimated that it occurs 350 times a year.
  • 6.1 to 6.9 degrees – usually do a lot of damage – especially in a densely populated area. These can happen about 100 times a year.
  • 7.0 to 7.9 on the Richter scale – classified as a major earthquake and capable of causing significant damage. It is expected that it will take place about 10-15 times each year.
  • 8 or higher on the Richter scale – A major earthquake is capable of causing widespread damage and can devastate communities located very close to the epicenter. It is estimated that it occurs once every one or two years.

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