Seriana Edilizia

November 30, 2022

What are the seismic zones in Italy?

Italy experiences considerable seismic activity, with more than 190,000 seismic events recorded by the National Seismic Network over the last 30 years alone. In 2003, our government decided to divide the territory into 4 zones based on seismic risk (with no. 1 indicating the highest risk and no. 4 the lowest),
It should be noted that the Sismabonus, which has been extended until 2024, is accessible to businesses located in zones no. 1, 2 and 3 those with a greater risk.

Seismic risk of Italian regions

Below is a table showing the various zones and the regions that fall into that:

Zone 1; high seismic risk
very strong earthquakes can occur in these areas, the most dangerous zone;

  • Friuli-Venezia Giulia
  • Veneto
  • Abruzzi
  • Umbria
  • Molise
  • Campania
  • Sicily

Zone 2; medium-to-high seismic risk
possibility that fairly strong earthquakes with fairly high repercussions could occur;

  • Emilia-Romagna
  • Lazio
  • Marches
  • Apulia
  • Basilicata

Zone 3; medium-to-low seismic risk
tremors of modest intensity may occur in this zone;

  • Lombardy
  • Tuscany
  • Liguria
  • Piedmont

Zone 4; low seismic risk
low probability of seismic damage, the least dangerous area;

  • Sardinia
  • Trentino-Alto Adige
  • Aosta Valley
mappa delle zone sismiche italiane

Map of Italian seismic zones (Source: Presidency of the Council of Ministers; Department of Civil Protection)

It is worth noting that there is a chance that the classification of certain regions may change over the years as a result of seismic events.
For example, one of the latest updated areas is Veneto, which in 2021 updated its seismic zoning through a resolution of the regional council.

ingegnere Bruno Zanoli responsabile preventivi Seriana Edilizia
Let’s delve deeper into this important topic with Engineer Bruno Zanoli The seismic classification of a territory involves the division of a surface into areas with the aim of identifying the seismic danger present.

Over the years, the way of classifying seismic zones has undergone several variations to adapt to new discoveries and notions on the seismic situation of our territory and obviously to the seismic events that have occurred over the years.

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