“In recent years, there has been an exponential increase in seismic activity in the Autonomous Region of Madeira”, said Ricardo Lume.

The deputy recalled that the last earthquake with the greatest magnitude in the archipelago was registered on 7 March, reaching 5.3 on the Richter scale, 40 kilometres from Deserta Grande, originating at 4.7 kilometres in depth and “was felt throughout the island of Madeira”.

Ricardo Lume stated that “the majority of the population and a large part of the infrastructure are not prepared for a stronger seismic impact”.

The PCP party recommends that the Regional Government draw up an action plan on seismic risks in Madeira, characterise the most vulnerable population and buildings and prepare specific interventions for the adaptation or rehabilitation of public buildings and equipment with strategic importance for civil protection in situations of more impactful earthquakes.