Top 10 earthquakes that struck Italy

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This morning the Italian region Emilia-Romagna was struck by a 5,7 magnitude earthquake. This is the second killerquake in a short period of time. Only last week Bologna was hit by a 5,9 magnitude quake causing 6 fatalities. Over the last century earthquakes caused many deaths in Italy. Here’s a list of major earthquakes that struck Italy.

Top 10 earthquakes that struck Italy

  1. September 26, 1997 – two earthquakes (6,4 M) strike Assisi causing the death of 11 people
  2. December 13, 1990 – Earthquake centred in the sea off Sicily kills 13 people
  3. May 29, 2012 – an 5,9 M quake hits the towns of Mirandola and Cavezzo in northern Italy. An estimated 16 people died
  4. October 31, 2002 – a powerful quake (5,9 M) hits Campobasso, Puglia killing 30 people
  5. April 6, 2009 – 308 people die in l’Aquila, Abruzzo in Central Italy after a 5,9 M shock
  6. May 6, 1976 – in northeastern Friuli a 6,5 M quake causes 976 fatalities
  7. July 27, 1930 – a 6,5 M quake hits the southern town of Irpinia, killing 1,400 people
  8. November 23, 1980 – an earthquake measuring 6,5 M strikes Eboli near Naples, deathtoll 2.735
  9. January 13, 1915 – 7,0 M quake strikes Avezzano in Central Italy. Some 32,600 fatalities
  10. December 28, 1908 – 7,2 M earthquake killing over 82,000 people in Messina, Sicily

N.B. Magnitude (M) on the Richter scale
Source: Reuters


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