Strong Quakes Shake Italy, Myanmar
In the early hours of August 24 (local time), a strong 6.2M earthquake struck 10 kilometers southeast of Norcia, Italy, in the northeastern province of Rieti, causing major damage in the municipalities of Amatrice, Accumoli, Grisciano, Arquata del Tronto, and Pescara del Tronto (USGS, ECHO).
Within an hour after the initial earthquake struck, a 5.5M aftershock was also reported 4km NE of Norcia. As of 0700 (local time) on August 25, at least 460 aftershocks were registered (ECHO).
According to reports (as of August 25), the number of deaths caused by the quake has reached 250, with most reported in Amatrice (Reuters). Response operations are ongoing, and the Italian government has declared a “State of Emergency” in the affected regions of the country (ReliefWeb/Humanity Road).
Also on August 24, a 6.8M earthquake struck central Myanmar, damaging buildings (including pagodas, schools, houses, and a hospital) and killing three people. According to reports, communities along the Magway-Mandalay border experienced the most severe impacts, but that overall, “humanitarian impact has been relatively low despite the earthquake’s magnitude” (ReliefWeb/UNOCHA, ReliefWeb/UNOCHA Statement).
RVA Country Profile: Italy
This Week in Hazards
- According to the National Hurricane Center (2000 EDT), a tropical disturbance (Invest 99L) moving through the Caribbean has a medium chance of developing into a significant tropical cyclone over the next five days. NHC advises that regardless of whether the system does develop, it is expected to produce heavy rains over Hispaniola and eastern Cuba through Friday, increasing the risk of flash floods and mudslides, as well as bring heavy rainfall and strong winds to parts of The Bahamas (NHC).
Current Hazard Warnings
Tropical Cyclone: Lionrock (Western North Pacific)
Flood: Hispaniola, United States (Louisiana, Iowa, Arkansas, Texas), India, Myanmar, Laos, Queensland, Sudan, South Sudan, Chad, Ethiopia, Eritrea
Landslide: Laos, Indonesia (West Java)
Wildfire: United States (Washington, Montana, California), Canada (British Columbia)
Drought: United States (Western, Southern, Northeastern), Bolivia (Southern)
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