Impact of earthquake (United States Geological Survey)
Amatrice, Italy, after earthquake
Early Thursday morning, an earthquake struck Italy. From the National Geophysical and Volcanology Institute of Italy, the earthquake had a magnitude of 6.5 and struck at 7:41am. Along with the earthquake, 200 aftershock waves followed within the 10 hours after. This earthquake is the strongest earthquake to strike since 1980. A previous earthquake struck Italy in August so people were already evacuated from the areas, leading to zero deaths from this earthquake. Even though there has been no deaths, approximately twenty people were injured. Also, many of Italy's building are historic and built by brick, so this powerful earthquake led to the destruction of these buildings. From the destruction of buildings, electricity was unavailable for thousands and dirt/debris blocked roads, leading to evacuation by helicopters. This article shows importance as earthquakes continue to strike Italy, with more power each time, it is important to look into the safety of the people. With new technology, more sound building structures can be built to withstand against earthquakes, leading to less destruction and better safety for the people.