Sicily rocked by series of earthquakes as expert says MORE tremors possible

Thursday, December 14, 2017
By Paul Martin

A SERIES of earthquakes has rocked the Italian island of Sicily – with experts unable to rule out further shocks in the days to come.

Thu, Dec 14, 2017

The tremors hit in the Strait of Sicily, or Sicilian Channel, which separate it from north Africa, about 60km (37 miles) south of of the province of Ragusa Modica.

A 3.9 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 2.13am today, and was quickly followed by further earthquakes measuring 2.8, 2.6 and 2.59 respectively.

They came hard on the heels of two others measuring 3.5 and 3.6, which occurred in the area over the previous 48 hours.

No injuries were reported but experts say the flurry of activity may not be over.

Eugenio Privitera, director of the Etneo Observatory of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) said: “The area of the Sicilian Channel is very large and there is a very complex and little known fault system, generated by the thrust of the African plate against the Eurasian one.

“In this system, there are two faults that could be linked to the current seismic sequence: the Scicli fault and that of Capo Passero.

“It is still not clear which of the two is linked to these earthquakes.

“We can not even foresee the evolution of the sequence, but precisely for this reason we can not rule out that other shocks will occur.”

At the beginning of this year, 29 people were killed by an avalanche at Hotel Rigopiano near Pescara after the Abruzzo region was caught by aftershocks from earthquakes in central Italy.

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