TWO earthquakes that hit Italy yesterday are linked to the deadly tremors experienced in August, and experts are now warning that the tension beneath the surface could keep building until a deadly quake hits Europe.
Italy was rocked by two powerful earthquakes just several hours apart near to Perugia on late October 26, measuring 5.5 and 6.1 on the Richter scale.
Thankfully there have been no deaths in the latest spate of tremors, but experts have claimed that Europe should prepare for more disaster.
Seismologists believe that the earthquakes are disrupting the crusts of the tectonic plates as they have all occured on the same fault line – where two plates meet – which could contribute to building tension and in turn lead to a greater tremor. Alessandro Amato from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), told Italian media: “The earthquake occurred in the Northern border of the active earthquake sequence that started two months ago.”Paolo Messina, director of Igag-CNR (Institute of Environmental Geology and Geoengineering of the National Research Council), added that the latest quakes could have triggered dormant fault lines.
He said that potentially “this is actually the activation of a fault, probably linked to the one that caused the shock last August.”