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→
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.
The court of appeals in the Italian city of L’Aquila, which was struck by a lethal earthquake in 2009, has acquitted the six scientists (geologists and seismologists) who were sentenced to six years in jail in October, 2012, for providing misleading and inaccurate information to local residents in the days preceding the quake.
On the night of April 6, 2009, a moment magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck central Italy in the vicinity of L’Aquila, the capital of the Abruzzo region, killing 309 people and destroying or rendering uninhabitable approximately 20,000 buildings. The quake injured at least 1,500 residents and temporarily displaced more than 65,000.
Yellowstone is once again in the news: the world-famous national reserve, visited each year by millions of tourists, was struck by a 4.8-magnitude earthquake on March 30, stirring concerns that a cataclysmic eruption from the dormant caldera could be looming. Continue reading Bisons and the Supervolcano→