21 Dec 2014

Statue to be protected from quakes

8:39 pm on 21 December 2014

The Italian government is to spend $US250,000 on a new platform for Michelangelo's famous Statue of David, to protect it from earthquakes.

Michaelangelo's Statue of David

Michaelangelo's Statue of David Photo: AFP

The statue is in Florence, which has recorded more than 250 small quakes in the past three days.

A study earlier this year warned there was a risk of David collapsing if microfractures in his legs expanded.

The BBC reports the plan is to build a new plinth that will protect the statue from new tremors.

Italy's culture minister said in a statement that a masterpiece like David must not be left to any risk and these recent quakes make the project even more urgent.