Monday night, an earthquake on the Italian island Ischia killed at least one, injured dozens.
The Italian island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, is in its peak during this tourist season. It is also home to 500,000 locals. On Monday, August 20, 2017, tourists and locals alike were rocked by an earthquake. In Casamicciola, where the earthquake hit the hardest, a hospital and at least one hotel were evacuated when the entire town collapsed. Local media says this collapse leaves up to ten more people unaccounted for, on top of the one dead and twenty-five known injured.
There is a degree of inconsistency regarding the magnitude of the earthquake. Italy’s National Agency of Geophysics and Volcanology originally stated that the earthquake registered at a magnitude of 3.6 on the Richter scale. They later amended their statement to a 4.0, with the epicentre being five kilometeres deep off the coast of the island, in the water. Coversely, the U.S. Geological Survey and the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center put out a statement, giving the quake a magnitude of 4.3 and a depth of ten kilometeres, with fourteen reported aftershocks.
Police and local emergency crews caviled that the primary 3.6 magnitude assignment greatly underestimated the power of the earthquake, thus resulting in inadaquate preperation and aid resources. However, the Italian Red Cross is now helping with the crisis. Several people have been evacuated and brought to hospital via helicopter.
Hopefully there will be no further tradgedies in the coming days.