How Much Central Italy Heaved During Its Huge EarthquakeGeorge Dvorsky11/02/16 9:31amFiled to: Earthquakesseismology2016 central italy earthquakeground displacementssciencegeology74EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkAreas in red shifted 15 inches (40 cm) toward the perspective of the satellite, while areas in blue moved away to a similar degree. (Copernicus Sentinel/ESA/CNR-IREA)A new ground displacement map shows the dramatic degree to which the Italian landscape moved during the October 30 earthquake, including an unfortunate mountain village that heaved over two feet. This past Sunday, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake rocked central Italy—the strongest to strike the country in 36 years. The quake was the third to strike the region in four days, causing serious damage to houses and other structures. The entire village of Arquata del Tronto was destroyed, as well as the historic Basilica of Saint Benedict in Norcia.