A woman from L'Aquila in front of the rubbles.

A Japanese Professor speaking on TV yesterday said that the earthquake that devastated the Abruzzo region in Italy due to slippage of a fault surfaces, deep only one or two kilometers, caused a shock that was not strong at all, but intense.

Professor Yashiko Yamanaka, Professor of the University of Nagoya and a seismology expert, explained the earthquake  in an interview published in the Evening daily Asahi Shimbun and also on NHK, the Japanese public television.

“I have looked at seismic waves recorded around the world and it seems to me  the intensity of the April 6 earthquake in Italy was caused by the fact that the movement in the fault took place only one or two kilometers below ground,” said Yashiko Yamanaka

The fault in question  is about 10km wide and 20km wide and the earthquake took place  “when it moved from north to south and the western side of the shelf
sunk some 60 cm in a period of ten seconds,” added the expert.

Several other experts analyzed the Abruzzo, Italy earthquake on the NHK program.

Looking at a video sent from earthquake  area, one expert, a University of Tokyo professor, said the pillars used as foundations “appeared to be too thin” and  was “surprised” at the use of red bricks  in the main walls rather than modern ones which are more similar to ‘Lego’ blocks that are interconnected and can withstand the sway of walls during an earthquake.

More news on Italy earthquake at: newsbreakcafe.com

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