The map above shows minor earthquakes registered during the past 24 hours depicted by a red spot according to their intensity. The largest of which registered 3.5 on the Richter scale and struck close to Greece. Luckily no injuries or reports of extensive property damages were registered so far, none of the earthquakes could have been felt from Malta. The other earthquakes are between a 2 to 3 intensity on the Richter Scale, some struck over Central Italy, others close to Greece and some over Adriatic Sea and close to Montenegro and Macedonia.
Italy is one of the countries in the Mediterranean with the highest seismic risk because the country lies where the African and Eurasian tectonic plates converge. They are moving together at a rate of 4-10mm per year.
The US Geological Survey states that The region’s tectonic activity cannot be simply explained by the collision of the Eurasia and Africa plates. It has been suggested that deeper lithospheric processes are controlling some of the deformation observed at the surface.
The eastern Alps are also particularly seismically active, with many shallow earthquakes occurring on north-dipping thrust faults, such as the M6.5 Friuli earthquake in northeast Italy on 6 May 1976 that killed approximately 1,000 people.