Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Thank God there were no fatalities or injuries in yesterday's earthquake on the Aeolian Islands.  It must have been terrifying, all the same.  Here is my report for Italy Magazine this morning:

An earthquake which struck the Aeolian Islands at 14.54 yesterday caused no injuries but frightened many people, according to Italian media reports. The tremor, measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale, was felt most by bathers on the Valle Muria beach on Lipari, where rocks fell from a cliff into the sea. Some people, running into the sea to escape the falling rocks, were bitten by jellyfish.

Senate Speaker Renato Schifani was in his boat off Lipari when the tremor struck and he saw the falling rocks for himself. Some nearly hit the boat, he said.

A second, small tremor occurred at 21.40 but few people felt it. By that time, tourists and locals alike were out and about enjoying music and refreshments in the streets of Lipari. The rest of the night passed without incident.

Civil Protection Minister Guido Bertolaso lost no time in visiting the area this morning with the Prefect of Messina and the Mayor of Lipari. Mr Bertolaso said that some bathing restrictions on the island had not been observed and that bathers in those zones could have been in danger. Otherwise, he said, the situation is under control.

Geophysicist Enzo Boschi has said that there is no risk of tsunami and that the fall of rocks could have been caused by recent heavy rainfall.

The earthquake that struck Abruzzo in 2009 measured 5.8 on the Richter scale.

Update:  Another seismologist has said that there is a possibility of further, smaller tremors and another tremor of similar magnitude in the area.  Mr Bertolaso has said that it would be hypocritical to pretend that there is no risk, but that the Aeolian Islands will now be one of the best monitored locations in Italy.   He added that it is important for people visiting the area to respect such a beautiful and fragile place.


jams o donnell said...

Glad to hear that there were no casualties

Whispering Walls said...

Buono. (I hear that Malta's the new destination for Italian financiers)

LindyLouMac said...

Thankful that there were no casualties.

Bev said...

I was waiting for the jellyfish to contaminate our beaches here. There wasn't even a whisper of a wind for days and it was incredibly hot. Seems like they all went to the islands.

James Higham said...

It's not an unknown though in Sicily, is it?

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Yes, that's a huge relief after Abruzzo, jams. Hi, WW. Is it? Yes, me too, LindyLouMac. Hi, Bev. There have been more of them here this year and last. Hi, James. No, but it is not less frightening for that.


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