Women's prison evacuated as a temporary ,mesaure following earthquakes

Women’s prison evacuated in Campi Flegrei

By Region News Southern Italy

Following the Campi Flegrei earthquakes yesterday, Campania Prisons Superintendent Lucia Castellano announced the precautionary evacuation of 140 inmates from Pozzuoli’s women’s prison.

Inspections following the earthquakes that began late Monday in the Campi Flegrei volcanic caldera near Naples resulted in the evacuation of 39 families from 13 buildings in Pozzuoli on Tuesday. Additionally, Campania Prisons Superintendent Lucia Castellano announced the precautionary evacuation of 140 inmates from Pozzuoli’s women’s prison due to damage, including cracks and falling masonry. The inmates will be temporarily relocated to other jails in the region.

Authorities established a reception area at a sports center in the Monterusciello district of Pozzuoli, where 80 people took shelter overnight, while many others spent the night in their cars. Despite these measures, numerous residents expressed frustration over the chaos following the seismic activity. There were over 150 quakes, with the strongest being a 4.4 magnitude quake – the most powerful in the area in over 40 years.

“I don’t know what would have happened if it had occurred during the day when schools were open,” one resident remarked. “The panic is likely to cause more damage than the earthquake.”

As a precaution, schools in Pozzuoli and surrounding towns will remain closed on Tuesday. The Campi Flegrei area, also known as the Phlegrean Fields, is experiencing bradyseism, or ground uplift. This, coupled with the ongoing seismic activity, has raised concerns about potential harm to people and property.

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