During 2019, 16584 earthquakes were recorded on the Italian territory and in the surrounding areas. An average of over 45 Earthquakes per day.
Just under 2 every hour, one every 30 minutes approximately “: Maurizio Pignone explains it, in an in- depth analysis published on the blog INGVterremoti.
In the map, the expert continues, “ it can be noted that the strongest earthquakes of 2019 were located outside the Italian territory. Most of the seismic events of magnitude equal to or greater than 5.0 (represented in the map with red stars) occurred in Albania during the seismic sequence of late November:
The strongest earthquake, (6.2R), occurred on the 26th November and then four other earthquakes of between 5.1 and 5.4 occurred in the following hours and days.
In Italy, the highest Earthquake, 4.5, was recorded on 9 December in Mugello. The number of earthquakes located in 2019 ” is still decreasing compared to the last years, in particular when compared with earthquakes in 2016 and 2017.
Already since 2018, the contribution of seismic events determined by the seismic sequence in central Italy , which began on August 2016, has been falling sharply; for 2019 this contribution has still decreased, although in percentage it still represents a very high value compared to the total seismicity in Italy: about 40%.