Italy’s fault lines

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Italian geologists investigate a fault line that has formed following the earthquake last week which killed at least 292 people. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Italy’s fault lines


STORY: Italian geologists on Tuesday investigated a fault line that has opened up above the area of central Italy hit by an earthquake last week.

At least 292 people died in the quake on August 24 which caused massive damage along huge swathes of central Italy.

Groups of scientists from the Lazio, Marche and Umbria regions of the country, that were all affected by the magnitude 6.2 quake, are now working to establish as much information as possible from the event in order to avoid such a great loss of life in the future.

The huge fault line has been mapped as running some 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) along the area that connects the area from Arquata del Tronto to Castelluccio di Norcia, crossing the Apennine mountain range close to the 2,500 meter (8,200 foot) Mount Vettore.

Drone footage clearly shows the fracture in the ground which has been measured at approximately 20-30 centimeters in depth.

Geologists believe it is these fractures which cause earthquakes to occur.

Most of the deaths in last week’s earthquake were caused by falling buildings and debris and clearly much work still needs to be done in order to create a seismically safe building for the area.

Tags : Lines, Fault, Italys

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