Will The Italian Earthquakes Destroy Florence’s Art Heritage.
In April 2016, following an earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale in the vicinity of Florence, checks for structural damage on buildings across the city were carried out the following week. The epicentre of the earthquake was located at a depth of five kilometres below the earth’s crust, 35 kilometres north of Florence, where the tremors were felt by residents. There were no reports of injuries to people or damage to property, but those living in the towns nearest to the epicentre – Firenzuola, Borgo San Lorenzo and Barberino del Mugello – fled their homes for fears of further shocks. “The quake was keenly felt by the local population,” Angelo Bassi, head of Florence’s Civil Protection unit, told La Nazione. While in Italy earthquakes are a fairly common occurrence, the more recent devastation southeast of Florence, in central Italy around Abruzzo, Lazio, the Marche, and Umbria regions in January this year, all in excess of magnitude 5.0 on the Richter scale, concerns and precautions are being evaluated in Florence. This article expressed those sentiments given that Florence is one of the major art and medieval architectural centres for Italy.
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