'Ancient buildings and monuments renders Italy vulnerable to earthquakes', says leading expert

'Ancient buildings and monuments renders Italy vulnerable to earthquakes', says leading expert

At least 70 people have died due to the earthquake in Italy

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Italy's ancient architetcure means it is always vulnerable to the threat of earthquakes, talkRADIO has been told.

A quake struck in central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday morning, killing at least 70 people and leaving many others injured, and scientist Doctor David Whitehouse and journalist Angela Giuffrida revealed more about the devastating disaster when they joined Sam Delaney. 

The earthquake magnitude was measured at 6.2 and tremors were felt up to 100 miles from the epicentre, which was north-east of Rome, hitting towns such as Amitrice and Accumoli. Many houses collapsed on sleeping people, and others are trapped in the rubble.

Editor of The Local in Italy, Angela Giuffrida, was in Rome at the time.

"I was awoken by one of the aftershocks just after 3:30 this morning," she said. "It's the first time I've heard a tremor."

"There was a lot of fear when those aftershocks were felt. [Now] everyone's just hands on in terms of the rescue services. At the moment the first priority is finding victims."

Journalist and scientist Doctor David Whitehouse explained how regular earthquakes in Italy actually are.

He said: "There had been signs and some suggested a larger quake might be following, but there are always signs in Italy because the country is frequented by quakes and tremors.

"The very nature of the ancient culture of Italy, and ancient buildings and monuments, renders it vulnerable.

"Fewer people these days die of similar sized earthquakes because of regulations. The population are well informed."

Listen to the full interview to find out more