Milan museums closed after earthquake

Museums in Milan are closing after Saturdays’s event.

Fernando Meloni

A 4-4-magnitude earthquake was recorded 39 kilometres northeast of Milan on Saturday morning, according to Rome’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV).

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Italy’s Institute for Geophysics and Vulcanology said the quake had a preliminary magnitude between 4.3 and 4.8. It struck at 11:34 a.m. (1034 GMT; 5:34 a.m. EST) in the province of Bergamo.

Because of the event, on Saturday the Modern Art Gallery and the Contemporary Art Pavilion closed. A representative of the museum reached by Milano Art Guide said that the PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea closed “for precautionary reasons, in order to allow technical checks on safety conditions. Tomorrow it will reopen to the public with the usual hours.” The Modern Art Gallery announced that will close its doors both on Saturday December 18, and Sunday December 19.

“At the moment, no reports of damage or demands for rescue” had received in Italy’s fire department’s operations center, according to a tweet.