A report by the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), published on the agency’s official website, indicates that the earthquake struck at 02:11 local time on Monday with an epicenter northwest of the Sicilian volcanic island of Alicudi in the Aeolian Arc and hypocenter at a depth of 30 kilometers.
The quake struck 89 kilometers northwest of the city of Palermo, which has a population of nearly 680,000, and 83 kilometers from the municipality of Bagheria, which is home to about 55,000 people.
On January 12, the INGV announced that in 2022 the Italian seismic network registered an average of 44 earthquakes per day, almost one every half hour and a total of 16,302, a figure higher than the previous year, while since 2019 about 16,000 per year occur in the country.
The most important seismic sequence of this period was recorded on the morning of November 9 off the Adriatic coast of the municipality of Pesaro, in the Marche region.
There were two magnitude 5.5 and 5.2 earthquakes a minute apart that were felt over a very wide area in the center and north of the peninsula.
However, the strongest quake on the mainland was the 4.3 magnitude, which struck the Ionian coast of Catanzaro province in the southern region of Calabria at 12:44 a.m. local time on October 13, he told the source.