Uh oh, high rating earthquake 53 miles north of Rome

Reply Sun 5 Apr, 2009 08:41 pm

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Reply Sun 5 Apr, 2009 08:53 pm

Earthquake Details
Magnitude 6.3
Date-Time Monday, April 06, 2009 at 01:32:42 UTC
Monday, April 06, 2009 at 03:32:42 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location 42.423°N, 13.395°E
Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Distances 70 km (40 miles) W of Pescara, Italy
95 km (60 miles) NE of ROME, Italy
115 km (70 miles) SE of Perugia, Italy
135 km (85 miles) S of Ancona, Italy

Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 4.6 km (2.9 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters NST= 66, Nph= 66, Dmin=7.7 km, Rmss=0.95 sec, Gp= 50°,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=7


6.3 magnitude earthquake hits central Italy - reports of collapsed buildings,

Monday 6 April 2009 03.48 BST

A large earthquake of magnitude 6.3 hit central Italy in the early hours of Monday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Buildings were reported collapsed in the centre of Aquila, capital of the Abruzzo region, 50 miles north-east of Rome and close to the quake's epicentre.

According to the website of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, police in the town, which has a population of 73,000, said people were trapped in the rubble and that many people could be injured.

Residents in Rome were woken by the quake when it struck at about 3.30am local time. Rafael Abreu, of the USGS described the event as a shallow quake and said that the region had been hit by a smaller magnitude 4 quake earlier in the day. The USGS had earlier estimated that the quake measured 6.7.

Abreu said residents in the area should be braced for aftershocks, adding: "This is a significant quake, a shallow quake with possibility of damage and injuries."

The country's civil protection services were reportedly being called in to help residents affected by the quake and a local reporter, Nick Pisa, told Sky News that people were assembling in the streets in Rome, which is rarely affected by seismic events, braced for aftershocks. Local reports described furniture rattling and car alarms being set off.

The quake was the latest and strongest in a series to hit the l'Aquila area on Sunday and Monday. Earthquakes can be particularly dangerous in parts of Italy, which is a treasure house of centuries-old buildings.
Reply Sun 5 Apr, 2009 09:32 pm
Ah, Aquila. I've read about Aquila (trying to dredge up what I've read). Stony and snakes are the two words I remember. Obviously that's superficial.

Thanks for the info, butryflynet.
Reply Sun 5 Apr, 2009 09:34 pm
from Wiki, with great photos -

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Reply Sun 5 Apr, 2009 09:38 pm
Were you ever a librarian, BFN? If not, you sure shoulda been.
Reply Sun 5 Apr, 2009 09:47 pm
I'll second that, JTT.

I think where I read about L'Aquila was from a book on italy by Barbara Grizzuti Harrison, a writer I used to like and dislike about equally, but read every word of just the same. But I think I've read of it more than once. There are many books in english about cities of italy, Cento Citta, for example, a familiar author to me whose name does not pop up right now - and Kate Simon's book with a title like "places in between". Who knows where I read what, but one of them went on about ceremonies involving snakes, or snake imagery. And, yeh, the Gran Sasso is stoney.

Reply Sun 5 Apr, 2009 09:53 pm
Never was and don't have the formal education needed for it. Researching answers to questions has always been an informal hobby of mine. A2K is one of the few places I get to practice it.
Reply Sun 5 Apr, 2009 09:55 pm
This is an historical look back at Italy's earthquake history, written in 2002.


Thursday, 31 October, 2002, 15:24 GMT
Italy's earthquake history

A series of quakes in 1997 left 40,000 homeless

The earthquake that has struck the village of San Giuliano di Puglia is the latest in a long line of quakes to hit southern Italy:

1997 - More than 40,000 people lose their homes and 13 die in a series of earthquakes in September. Four of the victims are killed as the roof of the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi collapses. Priceless frescoes are also damaged.

1980 - 2,735 people are killed and more than 7,500 injured in a quake measuring at least 6.9 on the Richter scale. The epicentre is at Eboli, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of Naples, and damage is widespread. More than 1,500 people are reported missing.

1976 - An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale rocks Friuli in northeastern Italy, killing 976 people and leaving 70,000 others homeless.

1915 - An earthquake on 13 January shakes southern Italy. The town of Avezzano at its epicentre is completely destroyed. The death toll is estimated to be at least 30,000.

1908 - On 28 December Europe's most powerful earthquake strikes the Messina Strait, which separates Sicily from Calabria.
The effects, combined with a large tsunami or tidal wave triggered by the earthquake, are devastating.

Estimates of fatalities vary, but may be as high as 200,000.

The quake's magnitude is equal to 7.5 on the modern Richter scale.

1905 - An earthquake obliterates 25 villages in the Calabria region, killing about 5,000 people.

1783 - Calabria on the southern tip of Italy is hit by an earthquake, killing about 50,000.

1693 - Earthquakes hit southern Italy, killing an estimated 60,000 in Catania, Sicily, and 93,000 in Naples.
"The crash of falling houses, the tottering of towers, and the groans of the dying, all contributed to raise my terror and despair," writes one eyewitness.
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Reply Sun 5 Apr, 2009 09:57 pm
A Google map, some photos and videos of the area can be found here.

Beautiful aerial of the mountain ranges around l'Aquila.

Reply Sun 5 Apr, 2009 10:01 pm
I have a librarian pal, head of a city library that had a mixed clientele of very poor and not poor/very media/etc. savvy. She's probably retiring about now, and has lived through libraries losing books as structure.

Butryflynet's abilities must be useful - how to market, I've no advice.

BFN, I'll be interested if you check out the library just off of Unser.

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Reply Sun 5 Apr, 2009 10:05 pm

Britons tell of Italian quake shock
8 minutes ago

Britons caught up in a major Italian earthquake have told how they felt their houses shaking violently for up to 30 seconds.

The magnitude 6.3 rumble struck around 60 miles north east of Rome, where there were reports of widespread damage and people trapped in the town of L'Aquila, near the epicentre.

Matthew Peacock, who lives with his wife and child in the Umbrian town of Amelia - around 60 miles north of Rome - said he woke up feeling a "very significant shaking".

He told Sky News: "It was quite an extraordinary experience.

"It felt like the house was being shaken from the rooftop - my bed was banging against the wall and you could hear this creaking.

"I rushed across the hallway to my son, who's five, grabbed him and stood underneath the doorway. The shaking went on for 20 seconds or so."

Mr Peacock - who said he felt two or three aftershocks after the initial quake - added: "The earth really felt like jelly underneath.

Briton Barry Raven, who lives in Monte San Marino, a small town in the Apennine mountain range 60 miles to the north east of L'Aquila - said he also woke up to find the house shaking.

Italian news agencies were reporting damage to many buildings in L'Aquila, a college town said to be popular with Romans.

Thousands of properties are also said to be without power.
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Reply Sun 5 Apr, 2009 10:10 pm
Ah, Eboli.

Christ stopped at Eboli, y'know.

Good movie, to me. I have/read the book and saw the movie three times over some decades, most recently with Diane, me ordering from netflix.
Reply Sun 5 Apr, 2009 10:21 pm

Naturally, I thought that video was swell
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Reply Sun 5 Apr, 2009 10:26 pm
That Christ Stopped at Eboli wiki site doesn't seem to come up when I click the link -
but there are many more.

A clue of the point of view of the movie - or, as what do I know, maybe the point of view of the movie..

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Reply Sun 5 Apr, 2009 10:36 pm
(but Levi wasn't in Eboli, he was further south. The phrase is a "figure of speech")
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Reply Mon 6 Apr, 2009 08:43 pm
Now this is interesting, re earthquake prediction -
link - Italy quake prediction makes waves in California seismology circles

clip -
3:29 PM | April 6, 2009
A little over a week ago, a scientist little known in earthquake circles made a bold prediction of a destructive earthquake around the small town of Sulmona, Italy, based on readings of radon gas. Giampaolo Guiliani went so far as to tell the mayor of Sulmona that it would strike within the next 24 hours. The deadline passed, and nothing happened.

Then, early Tuesday, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck about 35 miles away, near the town of L’aquila, sparking a controversy in Italy and around the world about whether Guiliani actually predicted the temblor. That prediction is the latest twist in the maddening scientific quest to predict earthquakes.

The history of earthquake prediction is littered with a lot of discarded ideas, including, many scientists say, the radon theory. Guiliani said he was collecting samples of radon gases escaping from the earth’s crust in the area around the quake. He detected unusual readings and concluded that a big quake was imminent.

Reply Mon 6 Apr, 2009 11:54 pm
They're doing the same kind of research along the San Andreas fault up and down California, trying to detect the same types of early warning signs.

Here's a link to a 1984 report on fluctuations in helium soil-gas concentrations along the San Andreas near San Benito (near Holister), which happens to be very near the location of one of several isolated quake swarms in California recently.

Reply Tue 7 Apr, 2009 12:02 am
Far be it from me to claim who of these folks is right. But... I'm interested.

Holister!!!! but wait, that is near San Juan Batista, and the Mission Cafe - home of the world's best breakfast, according to me. Certainly the world's best biscuits and gravy.
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Reply Wed 8 Apr, 2009 12:58 pm

Berlusconi Takes Command in Wake of Deadly Earthquake (Update2)

By Steve Scherer and Flavia Krause-Jackson

April 8 (Bloomberg) -- A week ago, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was lampooned in the press after Queen Elizabeth II publicly questioned why he shouted out the name of President Barack Obama during a Buckingham Palace photo shoot.

On April 6, when a deadly early-morning earthquake struck the Abruzzo region of central Italy, Berlusconi was on the scene within eight hours, taking command and giving the world a glimpse of the take-charge billionaire who is the most successful Italian politician in a generation.

“Berlusconi was on the spot,” James Walston, a professor of politics at the American University in Rome, said in a telephone interview. “He flew straight there and looked like he was in charge and acting fast. He looked in control.”

Before most Italians had their morning cappuccino on April 6, Berlusconi declared a state of emergency and was giving interviews. By 9 a.m. he had canceled a trip to Russia to make his way to the quake zone.

“I gave up on the trip to Moscow,” said Berlusconi. “The emergency is truly so great that it could be useful for the head of government to be there to coordinate the work.”

The 6.3-magnitude quake hit at 3:32 a.m., rocking buildings and setting off car alarms 56 miles (90 kilometers) away in Rome. The temblor, Italy’s deadliest since 1980, has claimed 260 lives.

Berlusconi, 72, today addressed the country in a live televised press conference for a third day, going on the air from the hard-hit area and saying that rescue efforts have gone well. The prime minister answered questions in Italian and French, and held up maps of the area to show where hospitals and tent camps have been set up.

‘Courageous Italians’

“Italy has responded well” to the emergency, Berlusconi said. “There are a lot of courageous people in this country.”

Two days after the earthquake, rescue workers are still looking for survivors. Today, a rescue team pulled out alive a 20-year-old woman from the rubble of a collapsed building in the city of L’Aquila.

Berlusconi, the only prime minister who has served a full term since World War II, has been his party’s leader for 15 years, while the opposition has gone through six chiefs. He has taken steps to show he’s in control of the emergency, just as he did last year when piles of garbage blighted the city of Naples. The resolution of the garbage crisis has helped Berlusconi stay popular even as the country sank into what economists predict will be the worst recession in six decades.

Premier’s Popularity

The prime minister’s popularity among voters was 52 percent in February, down from 55 percent the previous month, according to a March 13 and March 14 poll by Rome-based IPR Marketing. That compares with an approval rating of 36 percent for French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Berlusconi also hasn’t hesitated to recognize where the state has failed earthquake survivors in the past. Corruption and organized crime gobbled up billions from the equivalent of 25 billion euros ($33 billion) in reconstruction funds after the 1980 Irpinia quake, according to Legambiente, Italy’s biggest environmental organization.

Some of those victims still live in temporary housing. Berlusconi, who began his career building condominiums in Milan, says that putting up new homes for the Abruzzo victims is the next challenge.

“The reconstruction will be done quickly and with certainty, with each new job announced when it is begun,” Berlusconi said yesterday. He has proposed building a new town from scratch within two years.

Onna Devastated

Italy’s Civil Protection Agency has organized caravans of rescue workers from all over the country. Aid was initially centered on L’Aquila, the provincial capital, at the expense of smaller towns like Onna, where 40 people, more than 10 percent of the town’s population, were killed. Later, the massive rescue efforts also reached outlying towns.

Yesterday Berlusconi ventured out to the tent camps and small towns, shaking hands and offered encouragement.

“I’m here to tell you that you won’t be left alone,” Berlusconi told people staying in a tent camp near the town of San Demetrio. “I have taken over the operations and I’ll stay by your side.”

Even with a national debt that exceeds Italy’s annual economic output, Berlusconi initially turned down aid offered from dozens of countries.

After a phone call from Obama, Berlusconi said he’d be willing to accept aid from foreign countries to rebuild damaged churches or monuments.

Obama’s Esteem

“President Obama wanted to express his esteem in me,” Berlusconi told reporters in Copito, near L’Aquila. Foreign countries will encouraged to “adopt” a cultural or historic site and rebuild it, Berlusconi said today.

The government also brought in buses to take those who wanted to sleep outside the quake zone to 4,000 hotel rooms along the Adriatic coast.

Yesterday, Berlusconi displayed the mischievous humor that has sometimes gotten him in trouble, telling victims, to “go to the beach” and “take a short vacation on us,” or to consider their time in the tent city as a “camping trip.”

“Berlusconi can be a joker, but he can also be a leader,” Francesco Perfetti, a professor of politics at Rome’s Luiss University, said in a telephone interview. “He has great instinct for understanding the mood of the nation.”
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Reply Thu 9 Apr, 2009 03:28 am
Hi all.
I'm in Rome and yes, I do feel the earth shaking, it is absolutely not dangerous, here, anyway. A close friend of mine's family lives in L'Aquila, they are all well, but their house is gone (so maybe I should say "lived").... It is quite bad, and the earth is still shaking...

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