Frequently Asked Question #12:
Q: I've heard that Italy has lots of earthquakes - is this true?
A: The frequency of earthquakes varies from region to region. Based on the frequency and intensity of past earthquakes, 45% of the land area of Italy is at risk. This 45% of the country is divided up into 3 earthquake zones: Category 1 (red) is the most severe, and Category 3 (yellow) the least severe zone of seismic activity:
Note that nearly all of La Marche and Umbria, and over half of Tuscany lie within one of these earthquake zones. In fact, 40% of the Italian population live in them.
Note also that apart from a small mountainous region in the west of the province, all of Piedmont lies outside the 'at risk' zone.
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