Tuesday, May 29, 2012

More earthquakes in Italy!

This morning we had another large earthquake in northern Italy. At about 9AM there was a 5.8 magnitude quake that was centered a little farther north from the last big one 10 days ago. I was on the bus on the way to my lessons this morning, so I didn't feel it. But when I arrived at the building, everyone was outside. It was strange... I learned there was an earthquake this morning and understood why everyone was outside.

Then, this afternoon in one of my lessons, we felt another earthquake hit. It felt pretty serious and the building was swaying a bit, so we were told to evacuate the building again. This aftershock was a 5.6 and centered in the same area as the one this morning. The epicenter of these earthquakes is about 200 km away from us (124 miles), so it wasn't as strong here, but it was enough to scare everyone.

After waiting outside for about 15 minutes, we were allowed back in the building. Not long after that, we were told they were closing the office for the rest of the day for security reasons. They expect aftershocks all afternoon and into the evening, so they wanted to make sure everyone was safe. This area is not known to be a seismic area, so the people are really confused as to why this keeps happening. There is potentially a new fault line in the area. All of those historic towns that are being crushed, its just sad. I hope these large earthquakes don't continue... It's not fun!!

Here is a link to some pictures from the local paper, Corriere della Sera:

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