In light of Christchurchâ€™s devastating earthquakes, demolition of heritage buildings and damage to artworks, Italy is taking precautions against earthquake damage. Italy, which is also susceptible to earthquakes has begun a project to prevent maximum damage to their museums should an earthquake occur. To combat the disastrous effects of these natural disasters, Arcus, the commercial branch of the ministry of culture has been assigned the preventative project.
The first stage of the project will cost â‚¬4m to study and record the seismic stability of 46 Italian museums. This data will then assist in examining the best ways in which to monitor the buildings and if necessary intervene to secure the buildings. If successful, the scheme may be extended to cover all 306 state museums.