Earthquake in Catania, 600 displaced persons: the quake struck six villages on the slopes of Etna
In the night between Christmas and Healthy Stephen, at 3.19, an earthquake hit the province of Catania. There are wounded and about 600 displaced persons, as a result of the earthquake of 4.8 on the Etna. The volcano resumed its activity a few days ago. The earthquake occurred at a depth of one kilometer. Fortunately, no record of the victims because of the collapses, even if some people were injured. To worry about, however, is the situation of the displaced, about 600. Various were the damage caused by the earthquake in the province of Catania to the municipalities involved. There have been collapses of the walls of the houses, as in Fleri, a small fraction of one of the municipalities most affected. At Pennisi the statue of St. Emidio, the patron saint of earthquakes, is coming down. Also a stretch of the A18 is damaged and therefore closed to traffic.
To cope with the emergency as determined by the earthquake in the province of Catania, are open gyms and municipal schools, which accommodate people. It was signed an agreement with Federalberghi in order to accommodate the internally displaced people of tourist facilities. In Catania, the Council of the government of the Region of Sicily will declare a state disaster and request state of emergency in Rome. In the meantime, the institutions have shown closeness to the populations hit by the earthquake. Salvini will travel to Catania in the afternoon. The minister of the Interior had been severely criticized for having published a photo in which he was happy to eat bread and Nutella while in Sicily, there were the damage.
The earthquake, due to the activity of Etna, has affected six municipalities: Acireale, Zafferana Etnea, Santa Venerina, Aci Sant'antonio, Aci Catena, Aci Bonaccorsi. In Fleri, a hamlet of the village of Zafferana Etnea, a family is saved by a miracle. Four people, two children and parents, have seen the collapse of the walls of their home. Given the time, the family was in bed. The earthquake brought them woke with a start and saw the walls crollargli on him. Are saved thanks to mobile, that have them protected from the rubble.
The injured as a result of the collapses are 28, some relief from the ambulances, others transported to hospitals. Angel Borrelli, head of Civil Protection, has taken steps to convene an operating Committee, and to make an inspection in the area that has been affected by the earthquake. Meanwhile, Catania have reopened the airport and the highway exit.
The shock took place yesterday has been the result of an earthquake swarm that began around midnight. Eugenio Privitera, director of the Ingv Catania has said that the situation does not leave quietly.
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