A 4.8 magnitude earthquake rocked parts of Tuscany and Northeast of Florence in Italy. No initial injuries or casualties have been reported, according to recent news advisories.
Powerful earthquakes can cause possible aftershocks, and people should keep updated with the latest earthquake alerts near their area.
The Italy’s latest quake hit early in the morning, around 5:10 a.m.
Earthquake Alerts in Italy
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Florence, Tuscany. The Northeast Florence in Italy and Tuscany felt the 4.8 magnitude earthquake on Monday. Initial reports showed that no damages or injuries occurred.
Recent reports show that the 4.8 magnitude quake epicenter was located near Northeast Florence in Marradi.
The Italian Geophysics and Volcanology Institute (INGV) noted that the quake reached 8.4 kilometers depth. No significant damages were reported, as authorities checked for possible injuries or damages.
On May 29, 2012, one of the devastating quakes hit Modena in Northern Italy, reaching over 16 casualties. The said quake resulted in widespread damage to infrastructures and properties.
On December 28, 1908, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck in the Southern Italy. The city of Messina experienced the brunt of the deadly quake and tsunami, leaving over 80,000 casualties and massive damage in the aftermath.
Keeping safe from powerful quakes
Earthquakes can hit without notice. It can cause devastating damage to life and property, with possible landslides, mudslides and catastrophic tsunamis.
As a result, earthquake drills and preparations are essential to stay alert and ready for strong earthquakes. Having home emergency plans can help your family members and children stay calm during and after the quake.
Check your area and home for possible repairs
Homeowners should check their areas to see if they live in earthquake-prone or fault lines. In addition, they should also follow the building code or guidelines in their communities.
If your home has cracks or possible damages, it is best to seek an expert. Possible immediate repairs will help improve the foundation of houses, protecting them from collapse during an earthquake.
Homeowners should secure all cabinets, tables, furniture and fragile materials at home.
Turn your earthquake alerts
Turning on for possible quakes can alert you and immediately evacuate to a safe area. Earthquakes can cause power outages and inaccessible roads. Having a small radio can keep you updated with earthquake warnings.
Don’t forget the DROP, COVER and HOLD ON
People should avoid trees, power and community lines or infrastructures during earthquakes. Evacuating to an open area can make you safe.
Homeowners should cover their heads from falling debris. Evacuating under a secure table is recommendable until the quake stops. Once the earthquake is over, cover your head in secured areas.
After the earthquake
People should remember that aftershocks are likely. Keep away from your home if it is heavily damaged. You can inform your family members that you are safe.
Earthquake emergency kits
Keeping home emergency kits will become extremely helpful. It should include medicine kits, bottled water, extra power banks, a small radio, food supplies and family contact numbers.
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