Geologists falsely report 5.1 magnitude earthquake in Italy due to technical error

Geologists falsely report 5.1 magnitude earthquake in Italy due to technical error

Earthquakes hit the region last year

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) falsely reported a 5.1 magnitude earthquake in central Italy today (June 15).

The report was caused by a technical error, according to The Local. The actual earthquake had a magnitude of just 1.6.

The tremor took place at around 5:20am near the town of Pieve Torina in the Le Marche region.

In a statement INGV said: "Because of a technical problem, it was erroneously associated with an earthquake of magnitude 5.1 which occurred in the Philippines."

The institute apologised and said that the error was "quickly corrected" as they updated their earthquake list, however some news outlets had already reported the disaster.

Earthquakes with a magnitude of 2 or less are often not felt by people, whereas those measuring 5 or more can threaten life and cause huge damage to buildings.

Pieve Torina was hit by a series of earthquakes which started in August 2016 and they are said to have cost the country at least €23 billion (£20 billion).

Temporary homes are being built in the area but many left homeless by the disasters have protested against the slow speed of rebuilding in Rome.