Italy Plans Evacuations Following Earthquake Tremors; UK Issues Travel Advisory for Naples

by Alice

Southern Italy, particularly the region near Naples, is witnessing increased seismic activity, prompting evacuations and travel advisories from authorities.

Campi Flegrei, a volcanic caldera in close proximity to Naples, Mount Vesuvius, and Pompeii, has experienced a series of earthquakes this week, triggering concerns about safety in the area.


Hundreds of residents, along with inmates from a women’s prison in Pozzuoli, have been evacuated as a precautionary measure. Additionally, schools in the affected area remain closed until further notice.


The Italian government has allocated €500 million for evacuation efforts and safety interventions, focusing on strengthening buildings to mitigate potential risks.


Campi Flegrei, known for its active volcanic crater, experiences bradyseism, a phenomenon where the ground rises and falls due to subterranean pressure. While scientists assess the situation and assert that an imminent eruption is unlikely, residents in the adjacent red zone express ongoing anxiety.

Travelers planning to visit Naples or Pompeii should remain informed about the situation. While tremors have been felt in Naples, there have been no casualties or significant damage reported.

However, it’s essential to note that the red zone, including towns like Pozzuoli and Bacoli, is at risk of evacuation in the event of an eruption. Some suburbs of Naples, such as Chiaia and Vomero, also fall within this zone. The rest of Naples is categorized under the yellow zone, indicating a risk of significant volcanic ash falls during an eruption.

The UK’s Foreign Office has issued updated travel advice, emphasizing the active volcanic activity in southern Italy, including the Phlegraean Fields. Travelers are urged to follow instructions from local authorities in case of emergencies and stay informed through the Civil Protection Agency website.

Precautionary measures outlined by the agency include preparations for volcanic activity such as lava falls, volcanic bombs, and mudslides, ensuring travelers are adequately informed and equipped to respond to potential hazards.



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