Italy – serious loss of cultural heritage as a result of underestimating risk

Emilia-Romagna

Emilia-Romagna

As was true in Japan, for the Sendai earthquake, uneven attention to seismic risk in a region of a risky country results in irreparable damage from earthquakes. See Quakes Deal Irreparable Blow to an Italian Region’s Cultural Heritage; NYT June 3,

Indeed, Emilia-Romagna was considered a low-risk area for earthquakes. For hundreds of years, buildings were constructed “with a total absence of a seismic culture,” which is why so many, including churches, succumbed, said Gian Michele Calvi, a professor of seismic engineering at the University of Pavia.

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