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Natural Disasters Earthquake Italy 2009

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#1 SparkyCola

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Posted 06 April 2009 - 07:14 AM

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At least 50 people have been killed in a powerful earthquake that struck central Italy, Italian officials say.

Five children are said to be among the dead and many remain unaccounted for as a massive search for those trapped is under way.

The 6.3-magnitude quake struck at 0330 (0130 GMT) close to L'Aquila city, 95km (60 miles) north-east of Rome.

A civil protection official said 3,000 to 10,000 buildings in the medieval city may have been damaged.

And as many as 50,000 people are feared to have been made homeless.

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A university dormitory, churches and a bell tower are believed to be among the buildings that had collapsed.

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Obviously, Italy is a very geologically active country, they have thousands of earthquakes; but earthquake prediction is still unreliable and in its infancy as a science.

The death count is likely to rise, they're still digging people out of the rubble. :(

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Posted 06 April 2009 - 08:01 AM

It's very sad.
Earthquakes, volcanoes, Italy has them all but we still forget so easily.
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#3 D'Monix

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Posted 06 April 2009 - 08:02 AM

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Posted 06 April 2009 - 08:12 AM

A 6.3 magnitude quake is huge. I can't imagine the damage this has done....I feel for those who are dealing with the effects.

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Altogether, 26 cities and towns have been damaged, officials say. In L'Aquila, 95km (60 miles) north-east of Rome, between 3,000 and 10,000 buildings in the medieval city may have been damaged.

Between 30,000 and 40,000 people are believed to have lost their homes and the authorities are working to find them shelter before nightfall.

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Posted 06 April 2009 - 08:18 AM

Ouch. I don't know what else to say.

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Posted 06 April 2009 - 09:53 AM

View PostSparkyCola, on Apr 6 2009, 02:14 PM, said:

Obviously, Italy is a very geologically active country, they have thousands of earthquakes; but earthquake prediction is still unreliable and in its infancy as a science.

Sparky

That's true; however, according to reports in the German media (Tagesschau, so rather reliable source), scientists trying to predict earthquakes based on radon emissions had issued a serious warning for the region last Friday, only to get a severe reprimand from the government for recklessly causing a panic.

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Posted 06 April 2009 - 09:57 AM

View Postilexx, on Apr 6 2009, 10:53 AM, said:

View PostSparkyCola, on Apr 6 2009, 02:14 PM, said:

Obviously, Italy is a very geologically active country, they have thousands of earthquakes; but earthquake prediction is still unreliable and in its infancy as a science.

Sparky

That's true; however, according to reports in the German media (Tagesschau, so rather reliable source), scientists trying to predict earthquakes based on radon emissions had issued a serious warning for the region last Friday, only to get a severe reprimand from the government for recklessly causing a panic.


That's sad... :(

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#8 SparkyCola

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Posted 06 April 2009 - 10:09 AM

The death toll is now above 90
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#9 Raeven

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Posted 07 April 2009 - 02:30 AM

179 and rising now -

from the BBC News

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A scientist's claim to have forecast an earthquake that killed dozens of people in central Italy has been challenged by authorities and experts.

Italian researcher Giampaolo Giuliani said he had forecast a major quake in the area by measuring emissions of a radioactive gas, radon.

But the head of Italy's civil protection agency dismissed the claim.

Other scientists have also cast doubt on the possibility of predicting earthquakes with any accuracy.

Shortly before Monday's earthquake Mr Giuliani was reported to the authorities for spreading alarm after locals apparently took fright at his warnings.

That was after a group had toured L'Aquila late in March, telling people through megaphones to leave their houses because of an imminent earthquake.


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Posted 07 April 2009 - 03:50 AM

((((Italy))))

What a hugely bad week for the country.  About last week, it was announced the Italian debt was larger than it's gnp. :(  They are officially illiquid (owing more than they're worth).

And now this.
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Posted 07 April 2009 - 08:38 AM

6.3 is scary.    :(  

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