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originally posted by: InFriNiTee
a reply to: shaneR
There have been a lot of larger earthquakes around Italy recently, with injuries and deaths. Let us hope that no one is injured or killed in Norcia. That is a large quake.
originally posted by: bintang
Local sources always minimize the intensity of the quakes… they said 7.1 at first and now stick to 6.1
USGS says differently.
Rémy Bossu, head of the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center in France, said shallow earthquakes of this magnitude are not highly unusual in the zone hit Wednesday. In addition to the L’Aquila earthquake, another hit Umbria and the Marches in 1997 that severely damaged the famous Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.
He said the main problem in the area was the large number of older buildings that cannot withstand earthquakes of this magnitude. “The problem is that the [earthquake-proof] building code only applies to new buildings,” Bossu said.
“To retrofit an old building is a very complex and costly operation. So it’s only done for key buildings, such as hospitals.” In Amatrice, many of the buildings were not reinforced to withstand earthquakes of this size — including the 1940s convent with the missing residents.