20th May 2012, 10:25
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20th May 2012, 10:46
From the 'Dipartimento della Protezione Civile' translated from Italian
The civil protection Committee
Seismic event in Emilia-Romagna
A strong earthquake was felt in much of northern Italy and in particular the provinces of Ferrara, Modena and Mantova. According to data recorded by the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology seismic event occurred at 04.04 with a magnitude of 5.9 to a depth of about 6 km. The epicenter is located between the towns of Finale and San Felice sul Panaro, near Modena, and Sermide in the province of Mantua. Afterwards, there were further shocks that have affected also the province of Ferrara.
The Head of Department, Franco Gabrielli, convened the Operations Committee.
Seismic event in Emilia-Romagna: Operations Committee
May 20, 2012
An evaluation team of the Department is reaching the areas affected by the events
Update at 9.00
Following the earthquake that hit the provinces of Ferrara, Modena and Mantua, the Head of Civil Protection Department has met in permanent session, the Operational Committee at the headquarters of Via Vitorchiano in Rome. In videoconferencing, the structures of civil protection of the Emilia-Romagna and Friuli Venezia-Giulia, representing the Regions and Autonomous Provinces.
An evaluation team of the Department is party to the affected areas to assess the situation in connection with operations centers activated at the local level and to ensure the necessary support of the National Service. The Head of Department, the Director of Emergency and the Director of the Seismic Risk are reaching the places affected by the events. After a flight over the area, the Head of Department will travel to the prefectures of Ferrara and Modena to establish, in close collaboration with the region and local authorities, possible measures to be taken.
Relief. At the time, confirmed dead by the prefecture-Utg Ferrara are four: one at an industrial warehouse in Bondeno and three to St. Augustine, two at a ceramics factory and one in a private home. During seismic events are also a few people injured. The search and rescue teams are at work, in particular, the National Corps of Firefighters has doubled the shift operating personnel in the affected areas, enabling further seven sections from Lazio, Veneto, Lombardy, Tuscany.
E 'activated the regional volunteer to provide assistance to people affected areas.
Damage. The first checks carried out in affected areas of Emilia-Romagna there are widespread collapse of buildings and historical monuments and lodgings and partial collapse of public and private buildings. In particular, the areas hardest hit are at Finale Emilia, Bondeno, St. Augustine, San Felice sul Panaro and Cemetery. Given the damage to buildings of worship, common in many religious celebrations are suspended to allow the technical checks on the buildings.
Two hospitals in Mirandola and Finale Emilia were partially evacuated as a precaution.
Roads and transport. No significant disruption on roads and highways, although checks are being conducted technical evaluation. As regards the lines ferroviare, State Railways announced that the routes suspended as a precaution to engineering controls are currently Bologna-Padova and Rovigo between Bologna and Bologna-Verona between Bologna and Poggio Rusco. The National Civil Aviation Authority and ENAC-National Flight Assistance-Enav not communicate with air traffic limitations.
It is also signed by the President of the Council of Ministers decree ordering the activation of the structures of the National Civil Defence under paragraph 1 of Article 3 of Law Decree 245 of 4/11/2002, converted with amendments into law 286, 12.27.2002. The coordination for the organization of rescue services and assistance to people affected and the necessary provisional measures is entrusted to the Department Head.