Earthquakes in Campania 1980, Italy

Earthquakes in Italy

In Italy earthquakes can be strong and cause heavy damages in a circle of dozens of kilometers. Measured by the size of the country, earthquakes occur above average, but not excessively often.

Since 1950 more than 6700 people died by direct consequences of earthquakes. 2 earthquakes also caused a subsequent tsunami, which claimed further lifes and damages.

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Earthquakes in Italy since 1950

The strongest earthquake in Italy happened on 11/23/1980 in the region Avellino, Potenza, Caserta, Naples with a magnitude of 6.9 on the Richter scale. The shifting of tectonic plates in a depth of 53 km resulted in 4689 deaths.
DateRegionTiefeMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
08/21/2017Island Of Ischia51 km4.22
01/18/2017Farindola11 km5.729
10/30/2016Norcia19 km6.60
10/26/2016Visso, Ussita8 km6.61
08/24/2016Accumoli, Arquata, Amatrice33 km6.2299
05/29/2012Emilia Romagna (Medolla, Mirandola, Cavezzo)3 km5.917
05/20/2012Emilia Romagna (Mirandola)52 km6.17
05/20/2012Sant'agostino2 km5.10
04/07/2009L'aquila37 km5.51
04/06/2009L'aquila39 km6.3309
11/24/2004Northern (Brescia)40 km5.10
09/14/2003Loiano, Monghidoro, Monzuno51 km5.30
01/26/2003Spinello, Santa Sofia, Bagno Di Romagna3 km4.70
10/31/2002San Guiliano Di Puglia, Campobasso58 km5.729
10/29/2002Sicily (Santa Venerina)21 km4.30
09/06/2002Sicily (Palermo)28 km6.02
04/03/1998Central (Gualdo, Tadino-Nocera Umbra)36 km5.20
09/26/1997Central (Marche, Umbria)26 km6.014
09/26/1997Central (Marche, Umbria)12 km5.70
12/13/1990Sicily (Carlentini)25 km5.319
05/05/1990Potenza29 km5.42
09/04/1987Porto San Giorgio-Permo-Pdeaso Area49 km4.60
12/25/1985Sicily56 km4.31
05/11/1984S Central (Abruzzo)49 km5.23
05/07/1984S Central (Abruzzo)41 km5.83
04/29/1984Central (:Perugia-Assissi-Gubbio) 5.33
11/09/1983N, Parma51 km5.00
10/17/1982Perugia47 km4.40
02/14/1981S44 km4.612
11/23/1980Avellino, Potenza, Caserta, Naples53 km6.94689
05/14/1980S3 km4.50
09/19/1979Central (Umbria)37 km5.85
04/15/1978Sicily47 km5.75
03/11/1978Sicily49 km5.02
09/15/1976Italy-Balkans Nw19 km5.92
09/15/1976Northeastern19 km6.011
09/11/1976Northeastern12 km5.55
05/06/1976Ne, Balkans Nw (Slovenia: Nw)11 km6.5978
08/18/1973Sicily29 km3.50
06/21/1972Ancona53 km4.42
02/04/1972Central, Ancona18 km4.81
07/15/1971Parma22 km5.22
02/06/1971Tuscania9 km4.624
08/11/1969Perugia 4.70
04/18/1968Liguria15 km4.60
01/25/1968Sicily48 km5.18
01/15/1968Sicily8 km6.0216
08/21/1962S 6.116
03/24/1961Sicily 0.015


These statistics are based on datas from the National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Significant Earthquake Database. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Several data have been summarized and translated. Foto taken from National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC, public domain).