Category Archives: Seismic Hazard and Risk Preparedness

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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Florence rocked by a seismic swarm

Florence and the Chianti region have been hit by small-magnitude quakes for a few days now. The strongest temblor hitting the area, on December 19, has been measured at M 4.1 on the Richter Scale and was triggered at about 7 km depth.

A particular of the stunning facade of the Dome and the Giotto's Tower, Florence.
A particular of the stunning facade of the Dome and the Giotto’s Tower, Florence.

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