Earthquakes/Volcanoes
Strong quake hits North Italy,at least four dead Tags: North Italy Quake

BONDENO, Italy | Sun May 20, 2012 5:53am EDT

(Reuters) - A strong earthquake rocked a large swathe of northern Italy early on Sunday, killing at least four people, injuring dozens and seriously damaging historic buildings such as churches, bell towers and a mediaeval castle.

The quake, which the U.S. Geological Survey recorded at magnitude 6.0, struck at 4:04 a.m. (0204 GMT) while most people were sleeping, and thousands ran into the streets in their night clothes in panic.

"I ran out in my underwear," one man told Italian television.

The epicenter of the quake, the strongest to hit Italy in three years, was in the plains near Modena in the Emilia-Romagna region of the Po river valley, and the tremor was felt as far west as Liguria, bordering France, and the Friuli region bordering Slovenia.

The roof of the cathedral in Mirandola collapsed. "Our school children were to receive their first communion here this morning. If it had happened then it would have been a disaster," the local priest said.

Also badly damaged was the 14th century Estense Castle in the town of San Felice Sul Panaro.

The tops of several of the smaller towers of the famous mediaeval castle, the town's biggest attraction, collapsed and there were fears that the main tower could crumble. Three of the town's churches were severely damaged.

One person, believed to be a Moroccan man working a night shift in a polyester factory, died when he was hit by falling debris, and two men, also on the night shift, were killed when part of a modern ceramics factory made of steel collapsed in the town of Sant' Agostino.

"He wasn't supposed to be there. He changed shifts with a friend who wanted to go to the beach," the mother of one of the victims told state television.

The lifeless body of a fourth victim was spotted under rubble in another factory.

GASHES, CRACKS, GAS LEAKS

The quake left a large hole and gashes in the side of the Sant' Agostino town hall, which officials said was in danger of total collapse. Gas was also leaking in the town.

"I am 83 and I have never felt anything like this," said Lina Gardenghi, a resident of Bondeno, the town where one of the workers was killed.

Two other people, one of them a German woman, were reported to have died after suffering heart attacks because of the quake, and several dozen people suffered minor injuries.

Rescue workers were checking reports that other people were buried under rubble and were preparing to house those whose homes had been damaged or destroyed.

There was serious damage to historic buildings and churches in the provinces of Modena and Ferrara, and the quake also shook major towns such as Bologna, Rovigo, Verona and Mantua.

A series of strong aftershocks hit the area, the strongest measuring 5.1, and local mayors ordered residents to stay in the open.

The quake was centered 22 miles north-northwest of Bologna at a relatively shallow depth of 6.3 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The last major quake to hit Italy was a 6.3 magnitude quake in the central city of L'Aquila in 2009, which killed nearly 300 people.

After that quake, then Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi moved a G8 meeting that was to have been held in Sardinia to near L'Aquila in a show of solidarity with the victims.

(Additional reporting by Steve Scherer and Daniele Mari in Rome, writing by Philip Pullella; Editing by Tim Pearce)

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/20/us-quake-italy-idUSBRE84J01K20120520

5/1/2012 -- 6.3M earthquake in Mexico -- 4.5M, 4.0M in Wyoming -- 4.5M Vancouver Island Tags: Dutchsinse

Published on May 1, 2012 by dutchsinse

Here is the website post with a screenshot, plus the statistics for each quake today that was somewhat noteworthy.

Plus this post has the link to multiple earthquake monitoring sites:

http://sincedutch.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/512012-6-3-magnitude-earthquake-in...


Be safe, and have your earthquake plans ready -- make sure yourself, loved ones, family, friends, or co-workers know the plan (and can enact it at a moments notice).

 

4/29/2012 -- 5.9M earthquake off the coast of Honshu Japan -- 50 miles from Tokyo Tags: Dutchsinse

Published on Apr 29, 2012 by dutchsinse

The past 24 hours .. we saw a 6.7M in the southwest Pacific (Tonga) north of New Zealand.... and now a 5.9M in Japan.

Be aware of this ongoing rollercoaster of large earthquake swarms. We see them occur in clusters.. so be aware we may be seeing another uptick in seismic activity.

 

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