Earthquake in Rome, the expert speaks: "Nature takes its course, because now the capital risks"

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After the shock of the other day, Rome questions itself: is the seismic danger high? Answers arrive from Carlo Doglioni, president of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (Ingv), interviewed by The messenger. When they are reminded of how in Rome in recent years they have felt more shock than in the past, and if therefore something is changing or if there is only a higher sensitivity, he answers: "Both statements are true. And there is another given – the expert points out -: in the last twenty years there have been more earthquakes than in previous ones. Unfortunately, earthquakes sometimes arrive in clusters. Think of Umbria-Marche 97-98, Molise 2002, L'Aquila, 2009, Emilia 2012, Amatrice-Norcia-Casamicciola 2016-2017, Molise 2018. But take into account that at the beginning of the last century they concentrated mainly on the south, do you think to Calabria ". Doglioni then remembers how"nature takes its course. The Apennine expands, 4-5 millimeters per year. It is the tearing of a fabric that gradually spreads ". Therefore, Rome risks more? The expert's answer is ambivalent:" In Italy it is necessary to build so that the houses remain habitable even after an earthquake – press -. And Rome has a not high seismic hazard, but has a high exposure, amplification and vulnerability. For this reason prevention is important ", concludes the president of the Ingv.

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