28 injured as 5.1-magnitude earthquake after Volcano erupts shaking Sicily

28 injured as 5.1-magnitude earthquake after Volcano erupts shaking Sicily

Dec. 26, 2018 – Mary Greeley News – SICILY, ITALY — A 5.1-magnitude earthquake was felt in Sicily Wednesday, the latest tremor since Mount Etna erupted Monday.

At least twenty-eight people were injured, and a dozen buildings were damaged, the BBC reports.

According to a new study from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Etna is slowly sliding toward the sea, raising the prospect that it may suddenly collapse and trigger a massive tsunami that could devastate the region around the eastern Mediterranean Sea.




 

The earthquake struck around 2:19 a.m. (local time) Wednesday, according to the USGS.

The earthquake with a magnitude downgraded to a M5.0 hit an area north of Catania on the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily early on Wednesday, damaging buildings and injuring about 30 people, officials said.

It occurred two days after Etna, Europe’s highest and most active volcano, erupted, sending a huge column of ash into the sky and causing the temporary closure of Catania airport on Sicily’s eastern coast.

28 injured as 5.1-magnitude earthquake after Volcano erupts shaking Sicily

Italy’s Civil Protection officials said the quake, which struck at 3:19 a.m., was part of a swarm of some 1,000 tremors, most of them barely perceptible, linked to Etna’s volcanic eruption this week.

Italy’s national seismology institute said the quake had a magnitude of 4.8 on the open-ended Richter scale and 4.9 on the moment magnitude scale, which relates to the amount the ground slips.

Ash covered buildings, streets and sidewalks and lava could be seen shooting from the volcano, the Associated Press reported.

There were more than 300 tremors Monday, with one of the largest recorded at 4.3-magnitude. They continued to be felt Tuesday, although they were less powerful, until the 9:19 a.m. quake.

n the town of Piano d’Api, firefighters removed cracked stucco from the bell tower of the damaged Santa Maria della Misericordia church. Italy’s culture ministry said the quake damage to churches was being tallied by experts.

“Etna remains a dangerous volcano, and this country of ours is unfortunately fragile,” government undersecretary Vito Crimi said as he reported 10 people injured.

The most seriously injured was a 70-year-old man who fractured ribs and was undergoing surgery for chest injuries. A 71-year-old patient was being kept in hospital for observation, while others were treated and released, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. Additionally, 18 other people went to local hospitals suffering from panic attacks or shock, news reports said.

28 injured as 5.1-magnitude earthquake after Volcano erupts shaking Sicily

One 80-year-old man was safely extracted from the rubble of his home, ANSA said, while a woman told state radio that her sister was pulled out from under a heavy armoire that had toppled. A ceiling collapsed in another house, and in other homes parts of exterior walls crumbled. Some stone walls along fields and local roads crumbled.

Sicily’s Mount Etna is one of the world’s most active volcanoes, but scientists say eruptions aren’t the only major threat posed by this smoldering peak. According to a new study from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Etna is slowly sliding toward the sea, raising the prospect that it may suddenly collapse and trigger a massive tsunami that could devastate the region around the eastern Mediterranean Sea.


28 injured as 5.1-magnitude earthquake after Volcano erupts shaking Sicily
 
28 injured as 5.1-magnitude earthquake after Volcano erupts shaking Sicily

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