Is Italy safe? Travel update after deadly earthquake rocks holiday island of Ischia | Travel News | Travel


All doctors and patients were evacuated from the Rizzoli Hospital during the disaster, local media outlets have reported.

Aftershocks were felt as rescue teams worked through the night, pulling alive a seven-month-old baby from a collapsed home.

Locals and tourists ran out onto the street as the earthquake triggered a short electrical blackout across the island.

Ischia is a volcanic island off the coast of Naples and south of Rome.

It’s popular with holidaymakers for its beaches and thermal waters. 

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is yet to update its travel advice, but does warn of the threat from earthquakes and volcano eruptions throughout Italy

On its website, the FCO said: “Many parts of Italy lie on a major seismic fault line. Minor tremors and earthquakes are a regular occurrence.

“Several strong earthquakes were felt in central Italy on 18 and 19 January 2017 in the regions of Lazio (including Rome), Abruzzo and Marche. 

“In 2016, there were a series of earthquakes in central Italy, including one in August that claimed around 300 lives.”

What to do if there’s an earthquake

Tourists are warned to follow the advice of local authorities, and visit the Italian Civil Protection website to know what to do before, during and after such an event.

According to the site, if you’re indoors during an earthquake you should:

  • Find a shelter under a beam, in the doorway or by a load-bearing wall
  • Watch out for things that could fall and hit you (plaster, ceilings, windows, furniture, etc.)
  • Pay attention to the stairs: in general they are not very resistant and can be damaged
  • Avoid taking the lift: it can get stuck

If you are outdoors, you should: 

  • Move away from buildings, trees, lampposts, power lines: you could be struck by vases, tiles and other materials that can fall
  • Pay attention to other possible consequences of the earthquake: collapse of bridges, landslides, gas leaks, etc

After an earthquake you should: 

  • Make sure the state of health of the people around you and, if necessary, be the First Aider 
  • Come out with caution, wearing shoes: you may get hurt in the streets with broken glass 
  • If you are in a zone exposed to tsunami risk, move away from the beach and reach a higher place
  • Limit, as much as possible, the use of the phone 
  • Limit the use of the car to avoid obstructing the passage of emergency vehicles
  • Reach the waiting areas provided by the Civil Protection Plan of your Municipality

Earlier this month a 4.3-magnitude quake struck off the coast of southern Italy, but there were no reported casualties. 

Around three million British citizens visit Italy each year and most of these visits are trouble-free.

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