Italian expert: Recent quakes were foreshocks

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center put the magnitude at 6.6 or 6.5 with an epicenter 132 kilometers northeast of Rome.

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ROME (AP) – An Italian seismologist says the recent quakes in central Italy were foreshocks to the powerful 6.6 temblor on Sunday, and that more significant quakes can be expected.

The president of Italy’s National Institute for Geophysics and Vulcanology, Carlo Doglioni, told The Associated Press that the intense activity along a series of faults in the region weren’t anomalous.

He said there was a similar sequence of three seismic events within a period of months in 1703, adding “it is normal for the Apennines,” where there are a series of interdependent faults.

Doglioni said that natural law dictates that after such an event that there will be more quakes, “which means we can expect some 5 magnitude quakes and many of magnitude 4.”

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