Category Archives: Seismic Hazard and Risk Preparedness

NATO, at the forefront of preventing geological-related disasters

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The gigantic Enguri Dam, and its water reservoir. From “Georgian Journal”, July 27, 2017

An international team of scientists – led by Prof. Alessandro Tibaldi, from Milan Bicocca University – have been working, since November 2015, on a major collaborative research program under the aegis of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Science for Peace and Security program. The involved researchers come from Italy, the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan. Continue reading NATO, at the forefront of preventing geological-related disasters

The mystery of Earthquake Lights

Earthquake Lights on September 26, 1966 from the Matsushiro Quake, Japan.

During the Magnitude 8 earthquake that hit Mexico on September 8, 2017, most of the inevitable media hype was on the observation of mysterious blue lightning in the sky during the temblor. The lights witnessed by thousands of witnesses are the so-called Earthquake Lights (EQLs). Continue reading The mystery of Earthquake Lights

Ischia: After 134 years, History repeats itself

When a tremor shook the Island of Ischia on August 21, causing two deaths and forcing 1500 people to leave their damaged homes, few seemed to remember that Ischia is a place prone to deadly quakes. The latest disaster on this beautiful Island happened during the same fatal summer of 1883, when Krakatoa wrought havoc in the southern hemispher, chancing Earth’s climate.

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Italy: A History of Earthquakes

 Italy braces itself once again in the wake of a M 6.6 jolt that shattered the town of Norcia, in the Southeast of Umbria, causing major damage to the Monastery of St. Benedict, one of many Italian architectural jewels that are prone to seismic activity in the central part of the peninsula. Continue reading Italy: A History of Earthquakes

Italy: on shaky grounds

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Satellite image of the Italian peninsula, a seismically-hyperactive land.

The recent, catastrophic quake in Central Italy is the lastest of a series of seismic jolts that have rattled the country since 1908. This alarming seismic pattern can be understood in terms of the dynamics of the Italian peninsula, undoubtedly one of the most geologically-active regions on Earth. Continue reading Italy: on shaky grounds

Italy: Earthquakes don’t kill people, buildings do

Italy has once again been struck by a deadly temblor that, to date, caused 290 deaths and thousands of injured. This is the seventh deadly quake in Italy in the last 40 years, with most of the tremors concentrated in central-southern Italy.

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San Francisco is leading the way in earthquake preparedness

The April 25, 2015, Mw 7.8 earthquake in Nepal, killing approximately 7,000 (but hundreds are still missing) and injuring twice as many, has been a wake-up call for the hundreds of millions of people who live in earthquake-prone areas.

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