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Translated Jeff Matthews

In the north of the province of Naples, the problem of sinkholes connected to the presence of ancient tuff [alias tufa, a kind of limestone] quarries dug into the urban subsoil is obvious and has been brought to the attention of authorities on numerous occasions. But the sudden occurrence of  another collapse has again caught the population as well as the inattentive Public Administration by surprise. This time the event hit in the historic center of Afragola in a courtyard at the street named vicolo Primo Plebiscito. The immediate cave-in is about 15 meters deep and 10 meters wide; it literally swallowed one parked car and led to the evacuation of 35 residents of the area.

First investigations lead to the theory that the slide was caused by the partial collapse of an ancient underground tuff quarry, the presence of which was previously unknown to local residents. It is the job and duty of public officials to keep track of such potential dangers. We cannot overemphasize the need for them to redouble their efforts to pinpoint through available technical resources the locations of these potential disaster sites -- these quarries, long forgotten over the years, that exist beneath us.

Our source for this information: Afragola, sprofonda ancora il centro storico...

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