An earthquake shook central Italy: schools were closed as a precaution and there are delays in transportation

Residents of a building observe some cracks caused by the earthquake (Vigili del Fuoco)

A 4.8 magnitude earthquake shook central Italy on Mondaynorth of the city of Florence (Tuscany), but at the moment no victims or damage were reported, according to the authorities.

For caution, schools were closed in some areas, and thetrains were delayed due to the verification of railway lines.

He Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) reported an earthquake of magnitude 4.8 on the Richter scale, with an epicenter near Marradia city of about 3,000 inhabitants in the province of Florence, in the Apennine mountains.

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Furthermore, in the region Tuscanythe earthquake was also felt in the regions of Emilia Romagna and The Brands causing a lot of fear among the population that took to the streets.

The seismic event occurred at 05:10 local time (4:10 GMT), according to the Italian Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), and was strongly felt in Florence and in all Tuscany and other earthquakes of lesser intensity followed.

The firefighters explained on the social network

“Many requests from scared citizens, some ongoing checks to detect cracks in private homesbut there are no reports of damage or people involved,” reported the firefighters of the province of Forlì-Cesena.

The Civil Protection of Florence has not received reports so far of damage to property or peoplebut the mayor of Marradi, Tommaso Tribertiand other councilors of the towns near the epicenter such as Borgo San Lorenzo, Firenzuola or Palazzuolo Moschetti decided close schools as a precaution.

Triberti declared on television Rainews24 that firefighters were carrying out checks inside the houses.

“There is a lot of concern, everyone is on the streets, but no particular damage has been reported”accurate.

The person in charge of the Italian Civil Protection service, Fabrizio CurcioHe also explained to the news channel Rainews24 that “there are no particularly difficult situations or particular damages” and that “the controls will continue throughout the morning.”

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A Carabinieri agent observes the cracks caused by the earthquake in a building in Forlí, Emilia Romagna (Vigili del Fuoco)

For the moment, the The only problems are registered in the railway network to carry out controls on the tracks, so the Pontassieve-Borgo San Lorenzo regional line and the one linking Florence and Faenza have been interrupted, while the high-speed train has been diverted along another route.

The area affected by the earthquake Marradi “is characterized by a high seismic hazard”explained the INGV, which recalled two strong earthquakes in the past, both with epicenters in the Mugello areahistorical region in the heart of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines.

Mugello In 2019, a 4.5 magnitude earthquake was recorded, which caused minimal damage, although it caused cracks in the façade of a 17th century church.

In 1919, this same town suffered a devastating earthquakeone of the worst of the century, which left a hundred dead.

(With information from AFP and EFE)