From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office


Mount Etna has been erupting with increasing frequency. Take care if you’re near any active volcano and follow local advice. For more information about volcanoes in Italy, visit the Italian Civil Protection website.

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. For more about what to do before, during, and after an earthquake visit the Italian Civil Protection website.

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From the Italian Civil Protection website

What to do

Italy, together with Iceland, has the greatest concentration of active volcanoes in Europe and is one of the first in the world for the number of inhabitants exposed to volcanic risk. Active or potentially active volcanoes are situated in southern Italy with varying degrees of hazard.

Those who live or are in the volcanic zone must be informed about their local authority’s emergency plan, to be able to follow the Civil Protection authorities’ instructions on what to do in cases of eruptions and any eventual evacuation operations, if required.

Wrong information can be easily communicated during a crisis, with the risk of hampering the rescue work. For this reason it is important to follow the civil protection authorities’ instructions transmitted by radio, TV, in the daily press, on Internet and by the various toll-free numbers that will be set up.

During eruptions, it is also important not heed the forbidden to enter signs at the areas involved by the eruption. It is dangerous to approach the crater area even if there is no eruptive activity as sudden explosive phenomena o gas emissions are always possible.

Specific instructions on what to do can be found below.

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