Italy earthquake video: Fears for Mount Vesuvius VOLCANIC ERUPTION after Naples SHAKEN

Friday, August 17, 2018
By Paul Martin

ITALY has been struck by a 5.2 magnitude earthquake in the central region of Molise, a popular holiday hotspot on the eastern Italian coast, sparking fears from residents over a volcano in the southern city of Naples where the shock was also felt.

By ALESSANDRA SCOTTO DI SANTOLO
Express.co.uk
Fri, Aug 17, 2018

A video posted on social media shows the moment the 5.2 magnitude earthquake hit Italy’s central region of Molise.

The quake’s epicentre was in the eastern-coastal Italian city Montecilfone.

The quake was also felt in the closest towns of Rieti and Alto Velino, still recovering from a powerful earthquake in 2016.

The shock sparked fears over active volcano Vesuvius in the city of Naples. Francesca Bianco, director of the Vesuvius Observatory, told press agency Ansa she has received floods of phone calls from worried residents.

Mount Vesuvius is located on the Gulf of Naples, about 9km east of Naples and a short distance from the shore.

Vesuvius is the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years.

Today, it is regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world because of the population of 3,000,000 people living nearby, making it the most densely populated volcanic region in the world, as well as its tendency towards violent, explosive eruptions.

The shock was felt in Naples and the Vesuvius hinterland as well as in the close cities of Avellino and San Giorgio del Sannio.

The Neapolitan Fire Brigade Operations Room was also stormed by calls.

At the moment no damage has been reported in Naples.

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