Italian Earthquake 6 April 2009
Where?: Medieval city of L’Aquila, 95km (60 miles) from Rome
When?: 0332 6 April 2009
How strong?: 6.3 magnitude at 0332 local time (lots of people asleep and therefore trapped) preceded by a 4.6 magnitude quake (no reported damage)
Effects: Initial reports state that 27 people have been killed, 30 unaccounted for, 3,000 to 10,000 builidngs damaged. Many historical buildings have collapsed. As of 1030 6 April 2009.
Why? : Down the middle of Italy is the large Apennine Fault which is orientated NW-SE. It is a complex geological area and the appenines is largely an accretinary wedge formed due to the process of subduction. Essentially the region is both a collision zone and a subduction zone between the Eurasian and African plates as well as smaller microplates. The US Geological Survey has extensive infrmation.
Category 1 is the strongest (red)
- In Pictures BBC
- BBC Newsreport
- USGS information
- Good article on European Seismic Activity – look at Italy!
- A video which explains why Earthquakes and Volcanoes occur in Italy.
- Italy Earthquake Information from the USGS