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magnitude 3.7, 3.1 and 3.0

A seismic swarm has been affecting the area of ​​Pozzuoli and Campi Flegrei since this morning, with tremors that have also been felt in Naples. The earth began to shake at dawn, registering more than 30 tremors. The most intense earthquakes occurred at 9.44 am (magnitude 3.7) and 9.46 am (magnitude 3.1), with epicenters in the Gulf of Pozzuoli and, again in the same municipality, in via Artiaco. At 10.01 another strong earthquake of magnitude 3.0. From Quarto to the Neapolitan districts of Bacoli and Fuorigrotta, even to Vomero and some areas of the centre, the tremors were felt strong and intense, in rapid succession. Fear in the Campi Flegrei area. At the second shock, accompanied by a roar, many people took to the streets. According to some witnesses, the smell of sulfur coming from the Solfatara area is also very intense since yesterday evening.

The mayor to the citizens: stay calm

The mayor of Pozzuoli Luigi Manzoni invites citizens to calm down with a note: «The Vesuvian Observatory has communicated to this administration that starting from 9.35 am a sequence of seismic events is underway in the Campi Flegrei area. 45 earthquakes with magnitude Md ≥ 0 and maximum magnitude Md = 3.7 ± 0.3 were preliminarily detected. I know that the tremors have scared you, but I ask you to remain calm and report any critical issues to the Municipal Police numbers on 081/8551891 and the Civil Protection numbers on 081/18894400″.
And fear is also widespread in Naples. «We live with a small piece of luggage always ready, with car keys, shoes, house keys, the essentials to escape in a hurry», says Barbara Jodice, daughter of the master photographer Mimmo Jodice. «We live on the crest of the Posillipo hill, halfway between the two Gulfs of Naples and Pozzuoli and we feel even the slightest tremor. It’s terrible”.

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