Italy “ M 4.5 “ Moderate earthquake in the waters of the Sicilian Eolian Islands

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A very shallow earthquake of Magnitude 4.5  just occurred in the waters of the Eolian islands.
August is the top tourist month on the Liparian islands, so a lot of people will have felt the shaking.
The epicenter is located on the shores of southern Vulcano island, a still active volcano. The Italian authorities are very alerted on the whereabouts of this volcano, which is seen as 'possible to erupt' in the (near) future.

The most recent deadly earthquake occurred in Sicily January 15, 1968 killing 231 people.
The most fatal of all Italian earthquakes was a Magnitude 7.2 earthquake followed by a destructive tsunami and killing more than

70,000 people. The epicenter was located near Messina, at the eastern tip of Sicily.

The Eolian islands are an island archipelago in between Sicily and Italy. The islands are or active or dormant or old volcanoes. The most famous volcano on the islands is Stromboli volcano, constantly active since long time.

Update 14:51 UTC : Italian sources indicate that at least 7 people are injured in this moderate, but shallow earthquake with epicenter at the Southern tip of Isola Vulcano, an active volcano island.
Authorities are checking the villages whether any damage has been occurred on houses and infrastructure.

Update 15:17 UTC : A number of landslides have injured people. The earthquake has been felt also on the Sicilian coast.  Renato Schifani, the Italian Senate chairman happens to be in the area (on vacation) and follows the situation personally. The Italian Civil Protection Agency is in continuous contact with the mayors of the towns closest to the epicenter (like Lipari) to find out if there is more damage or injured people.
This light but shallow earthquake is breaking the vacation atmosphere on this beautiful island archipelago.

Update 15:54 UTC : Stones from the landslides have been tumbling down nearby boats enjoying the beautiful blue waters, narrowingly next to the boat of the Italian Senate chairman.
Most of the landslides happened in the Valle Muria area on the island of Lipari. When the shaking started, people ran in panic into the streets. For a lot of tourists, on visit in the Eolian Islands, this must have been a scary experience.
7 people so far have been confirmed receiving aid for very slight injuries.
A lot of the Italian Rich and Famous own condominiums on one of the Eolian islands, especially at the islands of Panarea and Lipari.

Link to an article in Palermo's La Repubblica with a picture of the dust of the landslide
Google earth 3-dimensional view on the landslide areaGoogle earth 3-dimensional view on Isola Vulcano, the volcano and the epicenter location
Panoramio picture from Vulcano crater and the island of Lipari where one can see the cliffs where the landslide occurred

Most important Earthquake Data:
Monday 2010-08-16, local time 14:54
Depth (Hypocenter) : 2 km
Geo-location(s) :
13 km S of LIPARY, Sicily, Italy

Links to important maps

USGS Did You Feel It map
EMSC Fault line map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS Shaking map
USGS historic earthquakes map

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