The Mw=6.2 Amatrice earthquake occurred on the 23rd August 2016 at 3:36am local time (2:26am BST) and shaking was felt as far away as Rome (160km away), Venice and Naples. The area most damaged by the earthquake was in a mountainous region on the borders between Umbria, Marche, Lazio and Abruzzo, where there are many small mountainside villages which typically have a low population density. However because of the time of year, the local population was higher due to tourists. Nearly 300 people were killed as a result of the earthquake, with many others displaced from their homes. The last earthquake that damaged the region around Amatrice was in 1703.
Damaging earthquakes are common in the central Italian Apennines with ~30 earthquakes occurring over the last 700 years. The last earthquake in the region was the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake which occurred 35km south-east of Amatrice, leading to the loss of >300 lives.
This EEFIT mission aims to investigate the ground surface effects caused by the earthquake, the damage to buildings and infrastructure, and the social response to the earthquake. Each day we will update our progress so stay tuned to the blog and to our Twitter feed, @EEFITmissionFollow @EEFITmission