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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

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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Drones to study geological hazards

A group of Italian and British geoscientists coordinated by Alessandro Tibaldi, Associate Professor of Structural Geology at the University of Milan-Bicocca (and co-founder of GeoSocial), has successfully tested an innovative methodology for studying seismic hazard in an area in Iceland that has been hit by strong earthquakes in the past.

Drone preparation near Husavik, North Iceland.
Drone preparation in the field near Husavik, North Iceland.

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New study sheds light into ocean formation

Image courtesy NASA, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and Carnegie Institution of Washingto
Image courtesy NASA, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and Carnegie Institution of Washington

A team of US scientists recently found evidence of a huge volume of water, about three time as much as that in Earth’s oceans, hidden deep down beneath the surface. Continue reading New study sheds light into ocean formation