Central-Southern Italy is, once again, in the news for what will be remembered for decades as a domino-effect disaster that has wiped out a luxury resort on the late afternoon of January 18.
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
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 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.
When two earthquakes struck on the same day, April 16 this year, on the two sides of the Pacific, people around the world were stunned by the coincidence and started wondering whether that could be just a coincidence.
In October 2012, six Italian scientists were each sentenced to six years in jail in relation to the earthquake that struck the city of L’Aquila in 2009.
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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On January 13, 1915, the southern Italian Region of Abruzzo was struck by one of the worst earthquake ever to hit the peninsula in historical times.
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.