Earthquake in Umbria, seismic sequence in Spoleto with strongest shock of magnitude 3: schools closed

Seismic swarm in Umbria with epicenter near Spoleto: earthquake with Richter magnitude up to 3.0. At the moment there is no damage reported but the Municipality has ordered the closure of schools for today 7 December 2023.

Seismic sequence during the night in the province of Perugia, with several earthquakes recorded with epicenter in the area of Spoleto. The strongest earthquake was recorded at 3.23 am, with a magnitude of 3, at a depth of 10 kilometres. The mayor of Spoleto Andrea Sisti has ordered the closure of schools for today, Thursday 7 December. Spoleto, Sant’Anatolia di Narco, Scheggino, Vallo di Nera, Campello sul Clitunno are the municipalities, all in the province of Perugia, closest to the epicentre.

The first earthquake tremors had already occurred yesterday afternoon, then during the night and in the early hours of this morning they continued: from midnight the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology it recorded well 17 tremors with a magnitude greater than 2. Another earthquake, of magnitude 2.8, was recorded this morning at 5.47 am. Yesterday evening there was a strong earthquake, of magnitude 3.6 registered in the Terni areawith its epicenter in Allerona, just over 100 kilometers away from Spoleto.

Following the seismic sequence of the night, the Municipality of Spoleto has made a decision for today, Thursday 7 December: that of close schools. “Following the seismic events which have been affecting the municipal territory since 2.00 pm on Wednesday 6 December (over 30 earthquakes with magnitudes up to 3.0 on the Richter scale), the mayor of Spoleto Andrea Sisti has ordered, for Thursday 7 December, the closure of schools of all levelsand in general the activities for minors, including educational services for 0-3 year olds (public and private nursery schools) and socio-rehabilitative day centers for disabled minors and adults and for non-self-sufficient elderly people!, is what we read in a note released by the Municipality.

Following the earthquake, the Municipality opened the Civil Protection headquarters in Santo Chiodo. For the moment, however, no damage was reported caused by the earthquake, nor risk situations. For any request for information or reports – the Municipality says – “you can call the number 0743 222450 or write to the email ufficio.civile@comune.spoleto.pg.it. Any inspections will be carried out today.”



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