New quake heightens fears at Campi Flegrei volcanic area

A 4.0-magnitude earthquake late on Monday at the Campi Flegrei (Phlegraean Fields) has heightened concern among people living in the volcanic area near Naples about a recent wave of seismic activity.

The new quake comes after the area was hit by 4.2-magnitude earthquake last week, the biggest in the zone for 40 years.
Monday’s quake also rocked Naples and many people slept outside overnight out of fears of buildings collapsing.

The authorities carried out checks on both private and public buildings throughout the night and there were no reports at the time of writing of major damage.

“Don’t let fear get the better of you,” said Josi Gerardo Della Ragione, the mayor of the town of Bacoli.

Civil Protection and Sea Policy Minister Nello Musumeci said last week that an evacuation plan was being drafted for the Campi Flegrei in the event that one should be needed.

“We have to get down to work at once,” said Musumeci, stressing that around half a million people live in the area.

The Phlegraean Fields is a collapsed caldera, a volcanic area formed by several volcanic edifices