We are often asked where the earthquake risk in Italy is at its most dangerous. We've the answer for you: not only the most at risk but the least at risk regions too.
A few areas in particular stand out, they are as follows:
The low risk areas include:
Question: Is Rome at risk of earthquakes?
Answer: Rome is at the upper end of the medium risk category and borders onto the higher risk category.
Question: Is Florence at risk of earthquakes?
Answer: Florence is at the upper end of the "medium" risk category for earthquakes.
Question: Is Venice at risk of earthquakes?
Answer: Venice is in in the low medium risk category.
Question: Is the Amalfi Coast a high risk earthquake zone?
Answer: No, it is not considered a high risk zone and is considered one of the safest parts of the Campania region.
Question: Where was the worst earthquake in Italy?
Answer: Messina in 1908, it is believed that anywhere between 75,000 and 200,000 people where killed. This is the worst earthquake in European history and devastated both Eastern Sicily and Southern Calabria.
Question: When was the last major earthquake in Italy?
Answer: In 2017 major earthquakes occurred in Lazio, Abruzzo, Le Marche and Umbria as well as on the island of Ischia.
Question: Where can I get info when a major earthquake occurs in Italy
Answer: We will always bring you the latest on major news events in Italy, including earthquakes, on our blog - you can follow our blog here.
When it comes to earthquakes there is virtually nowhere on earth that is zero risk. In Italy, the region with virtually no risk of earthquakes is Sardinia. It is pretty much as safe as the safest corners of the globe.
Is the region of Italy you're visiting at risk? Have a look at the seismic risk map for Italy
If you are going on vacation to Italy then the earthquake risk will probably not influence your decision on where to visit. I am no statistician, but I would think that the risk of an earthquake happening during your week or two in Italy would be tiny.
Of course, there is never a guarantee of anything these days so always make sure you are insured - see our important advice here.
However, if you are buying a house in Italy then you need to seriously consider if it is wise to buy real estate that is located in an earthquake prone area. The reasons for this are twofold:
Firstly, because any property you see may have previous earthquake damage that you are unaware of.
Secondly, there is always the risk of a future earthquake destroying your Italian dream and risking your life in the space of minutes.
The choice is yours! However, be sure you read our guide to insuring a home in Italy against earthquakes etc.
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