The earthquake that hit the town of Amatrice in central Italy's Lazio region earlier this month is devastating news for the entire country.
It is too early to say how or if they will re-build a town that has been destroyed. It is also too soon to understand how calls to safeguard buildings against seismic risk - an ongoing geological phenomenon - will be addressed. Efficient earthquake resistant standards do of course exist but the issue is how to apply these, not just to new-builds but to the ancient buildings that bring tourism revenue from all over the world.
As for our British clients seeking homes for sale in Italy, there is the island of Sardinia to the west of the mainland and the North Western edges of Tuscany, which remain risk-free. In the meantime Winkworth International will keep abreast of developments in order to give the best advice possible.
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The 6.2 magnitude earthquake, with its epicentre near the town of Amatrice, was felt clearly from Rimini on the Adriatic coast to the Tyrrhenian coast in the west as far south as Naples. The only areas of the country substantially free of risk, according to the institute, are Sardinia and parts of the northwest.