Quiet night with dozens of tremors, but of little magnitude in Sicily

Quiet night with dozens of tremors, but of little magnitude in Sicily



Dozens of earthquakes but of little magnitude have allowed to spend a quiet night to the inhabitants of the area near the Etna volcano, in the Italian island of Sicily, where this Wednesday there was an earthquake of 4.8 on the open Richter scale.

The seismic activity is linked to the eruption of Etna that began on December 24 and continues although with less intensity.

The strongest earthquake during the night was recorded at 21.14 local time (20.14 GMT) and was of magnitude 2.3 and 2 was the last that occurred at 04.40 (03.40 GMT).

The earthquake of 4.8 on the open Richter scale struck yesterday at 03.18 local time (02.18 GMT) northeast of the island of Sicily and caused ten minor injuries and the collapse of several buildings.

The eruption of Etna continues with the emission of gas and ash although to a lesser extent compared to the previous days and also decreases the lava flow, which allows the normal operation of the Catania airport.

The earthquake of yesterday caused that near 600 people they were evicted of their houses reason why hotels were made available to them to spend the night, although many have preferred to go to house of relatives or spend the night in their vehicles.

The president of the Italian region of Sicily, Nello Musumeci, will declare today the state of calamity and will ask the Government to declare a state of emergency.

Catania will also visit the two vice presidents and leaders of the parties in the government, Luigi Di Maio (M5S) and Matteo Salvini (Liga).

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