Earthquake tremor felt in central Italy

The town of Amatrice. Photo from Wikipedia

ROME - An earthquake tremor of 4.0 magnitude has been registered in Amatrice at 00.34 am Monday morning, according to the surveys of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV). This tremor follows in the wake of a devastating earthquake that struck Amatrice last August and killed roughly 300 people.

 As of yet, there are no reports of damage to people or objects. However, the tremor was felt in several areas of the Reatino, and in the upper floors of buildings in Rome. Reportedly, the quake was felt most strongly by those families living in emergency housing solutions (SAE) set up in Amatrice after the earthquake last year. The Mayor of Amatrice, Sergio Pirozzi, has acknowledged the panic that the people living in this situation felt during the quake. The tremor was also distinctly felt in the south of the Marche region.

 The recorded data reveals an earthquake tremor with a hypocentre of 8 km depth, meaning that the epicentre was 3 km from Amatrice, 9 km from Campotosto (L’Aquila), 15 km from Cortino (Teramo), 16 km from Arquata del Tronto (Ascoli Piceno) and 56 km from Terni.