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NATO, at the forefront of preventing geological-related disasters

ENGURI DAM
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

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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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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A new verdict over the L’Aquila earthquake of 2009

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.

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Geoscientists on trial over the L’Aquila 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.

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