Is Piedmont safe from earthquakes?

The news of the recent earthquakes in central Italy have sent the country into mourning. We have friends in the area of Ascoli, Abruzzo and they said it was more than a little scary.

Earlier in the year we visited the area, including Norcia and we were amazed by its beauty. It’s so sad for the loss of life, homes, belongings and buildings. We really hope Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister, will take it more seriously than Berlusconi did when the earthquakes devastated Aquila. He famously said when visiting these now homeless people living in tents - ‘Well, camping is fun!’

What about here in Piedmont, is there a danger of earthquakes? Well, the short answer is that it’s possible but very unlikely. More or less all of Italy is an earthquake zone but some areas are far more vulnerable. Historically, the areas of Abruzzo, La Marche and Calabria are the danger zones. In the nearly 15 years since we’ve been here we've felt one, and that was in Torino. It didn’t cause any damage. The quakes that do occur in Piedmont are usually under the mountains, in sparsely populated areas. There was a quake right here in the area I live 2,000 years ago but it just brought down some buildings and half of the castle in Monteu Roero. The other half is still standing!

We all know we’re prone to unforeseen occurrences and that’s why we don’t stay home worried that a piano might fall on our heads. Piedmont is as safe as it gets. The area has a very low risk of quakes.

Richard Edwards of Langhe Property (Piemonte Property) Italy
Property consultant

Richard Edwards

+39 346 1214077

I was born in London with a family line from all over the place, including Italy. I've been married to Urszula for 25 years. We met purely by accident at the Berlin wall in 1990, six months after it came down. I established Piemonte Property 11 years ago, then, when Alex joined, we renamed our agency Langhe Property.

I've been working in local real estate since 2006, have a vast experience in the market and the area so can help you with every twist and turn.

We'll take you viewing and will help with whatever you need for your trip and beyond.

It's also my job to update the website, find and photograph houses and find solutions for you.

Interests: Cars and motorcycles and Vespas, visiting wine producers, playing guitar, travelling and walking our white Golden Retriever, George.


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