Italians Learn that even a Moderate Earthquake can Disrupt Businesses

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck northern Italy on the morning of Sunday, May 20, 2012. Many masonry buildings were damaged, including some historic churches and castles. This region is also home to Italy’s parmesan cheese industry and the earthquake toppled aging racks; 300,000 wheels of cheese are feared lost (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/22/italy-earthquake-hits-parmesan-cheese-production). Moderate earthquakes can have significant business impacts. CREW has publications (http://www.crew.org/products-programs/earthquake-scenarios) relevant for business preparedness; for mitigation information check out the QuakeSmart Toolkit (http://www.quakesmart.org/).