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Dozens Dead, Hundreds Injured, Thousands Homeless after Italy Quakes

Posted by feww on May 30, 2012

Tow significant quakes and dozens of aftershocks leave Italy’s Emilia Romagna region in ruins

At least two dozen people have been killed, hundreds more injured and more than 14,000 others left homeless following two quakes which struck near Bologna in N. Italy’s Emilia Romagna region on May 20 and 29 respectively.

The toll as it now stands

Other Global Disasters, Significant Events

  • Florida, USA. Nassau County has declared a state of emergency following the damage caused by tropical storm BERYL.
  • NY, USA.   Seneca County has declared a state of emergency after extensive damage caused by a line of storms which produced 70MPH winds, heavy rain and large hail.
    • The worst-hit areas are the towns of Seneca Falls, Fayette and Waterloo, reports said.
    • The mayor of the village of Cayuga has also declared a state of emergency to “let people know there’s a lot of damage, and to be safe when they’re traveling through the village.”
  • Peru. The Peruvian government has  declared a 30-day state of emergency in the SE province of Espinar after more than a week of protests over a proposed $1.5-billion expansion of the massive Tintaya copper mine left at least two people dead and hundreds of others injured.
  • Central and Southern Plains, USA. The NWS storm prediction center has forecast “the development of large, destructive hail, a few tornadoes, and potentially widespread damaging winds over parts of the central and southern Plains later today and tonight.” Southern Kansas, western and central Oklahoma and northern Texas could most likely experience the activity. “Elsewhere, severe storms are also possible from the central high Plains into the Ozark Plateau and northern Texas.”
  • Guizhou Province, China. At least 5.5 million people in SW China’s Guizhou province have been affected by droughts, rainstorms and hailstorms so far this year, said the authorities.
  • Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). An outbreak of ovine rinderpest (PPR) in DRC, believed to be the worst outbreak of a livestock disease in the country in recent years, is killing thousands of goats and sheep.
    • In one area alone, Massima Nimba in Bandundu province,  about 25,000 goats have died of the disease and 5,000 from infected herds have been culled since January, the authorities said.

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States of Emergency Declared in Flooded Ontario Towns

Posted by feww on May 29, 2012

Extensive flooding due to torrential rain prompts Ontario towns to declare states of emergency

The City of Thunder Bay, Conmee Township and the Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge in northwestern Ontario, Canada have declared states of emergency following severe flooding due to extreme rain events.

Flooding has forced the authorities to close down dozens of schools in Thunder Bay area, reports said.

Up to 108mm of rain have been recorded by the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority over the last 24 to 36 hours, with the  highest amounts logged in Thunder Bay and Oliver Paipoonge.

Other Global Disasters, Significant Events

  • New Zealand.  It’s been revealed that kiwifruit growers in New Zealand illegally inject their crops with the powerful antibiotic streptomycin to stop the spread of PSA bacteria.
    • The illegal use of streptomycin can create antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to toxicology experts.
    • Streptomycin is a bactericidal antibiotic and was the first antibiotic remedy for tuberculosis (TB).
    • In 2009, New Zealand researchers revealed that cases of necrotizing fasciitis in“flesh-eating” disease had surged by 300 percent since 1990.
    • Since about 1999, another serious form of monomicrobial necrotizing fasciitis,  the methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacterium has struck with increasing frequency.
    • See also: Superbugs Invasion Has Begun
  • Qatar. A large fire at a shopping mall in Doha, capital of the Saudi satellite state of Qatar, has killed at least 19 people, including 13 toddlers, and left more than 17 others injured, including 4 children.
    • The victims included Spanish, French, Filipino and two-year-old New Zealand triplets.
  • North Korea. A severe drought is threatening food shortages in North Korea, which has received little rain since late April.
  • Bologna, Italy.  A shallow earthquake measuring 5.8Mw struck Emilia Romagna region, 40 km (24 miles) NNW of Bologna, northern Italy, killing at least 10 people.
    • [Death toll is expected to rise because an unknown number of people are trapped under the rubble, police said.]
    • The quake was centered at 44.814°N, 11.079°E and struck at a depth of about 9.6 km (6 miles) on May 29, 2012 at 07:00 UTC, USGS/EHP reported.
    • The quake also caused structural damage, toppling a tower in San Felice sul Panaro, Italian media reported.
    • The quake was followed by at least three aftershocks, and the tremors were felt throughout northern Italy, including Milan, the financial capital.
    • The quake was the second significant shock to strike the region since May 20. The 6.0Mw quake earlier this month killed at least 7 people, injured dozens, destroyed hundreds of buildings and left about 5,000 people homeless.
    • See also: Italy Declares State of Emergency in EQ Zone Posted on May 23, 2012

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Italy Declares State of Emergency in EQ Zone

Posted by feww on May 23, 2012

Aftershocks continue to rattle NE Italy; govt declares a 60-day state of emergency

About 5,000 people spent the night outdoors in parked cars or tent cities erected by the authorities, as the Italian government declared a 60-day state of emergency in NE region of the country covering areas around Bologna, Ferrara and Modena, where hundreds of businesses and thousands of workers have been affected.

  • The quake killed at least 7 people and left dozens injured.
  • At least 5,000 people were made homeless.
  • Many homes as well as hundreds of businesses, small factories, warehouses, medieval churches, towers and castles have been damaged or destroyed.
  • Many cows and other farm animals were killed in collapsed stables.
  • Damage to the agriculture sector is estimated at more than 300 million euros [$380 million.]

Other Global Disasters, Significant Events

  • Nevada, USA.A fast-moving wildfire which was threatening up to 200 homes in an area near the Nevada-California border has consumed at least a dozen homes.
    • The fire has consumed about 4,000 acres in Douglas County, reports said.
    • Wildfires in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico have  consumed at least 120km² so far this year, and forced the residents of several small towns to evacuate.
  • Azerbaijan. A magnitude 5.6 earthquake which struck southwestern Azerbaijan areas of  Zaqatala and Gakh on May 7, 2012, has injured scores of people, damaged or destroyed more than 7,000 building and left about  7,000 families homeless,  reports said.

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Images of the deadly quake near Rome

Posted by feww on April 6, 2009

Quake death toll  may reach hundreds, with several thousand others injured and up to 50,000 people left homeless

A man walks on debris as he looks for his relatives after an earthquake, in downtown Aquila April 6, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi. Image may be subject to copyright.

Rescuers sift through the wreckage of a house after an earthquake in the Italian village of Onna April 6, 2009. REUTERS/Chris Helgren. Image may be subject to copyright.

An Italian military carabinieri walks on debris past destroyed buildings after an earthquake, in downtown Aquila April 6, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi. Image may be subject to copyright.

An Italian police officer walks through the rubble after an earthquake in the Italian village of Onna April 6, 2009. REUTERS/Chris Helgren. Image may be subject to copyright.

L’Aquila’s main hospital was itself damaged by the quake, and only two operating rooms were working. Health officials were trying to set up a field hospital outside. Photo: Timesonline. Image may be subject to copyright.

The body of a victim lies on the street on in front of his collapsed house in L’Aquila, a medieval city in the Apennine mountains 70 miles north of Rome.  (Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty). Image may be subject to copyright.

The homeless carried whatever they had managed to grab as they ran onto the streets – pets in cages, suitcases stuffed with treasured possessions, even pictures from the wall. (Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty). Image may be subject to copyright.

Civil protection officials said that they would have to find shelter for thousands of people in the coming days. (Pier Paolo Cito/AP). Image may be subject to copyright.

A History of Earthquakes in Italy since 1857  (From Timesonline ).

  • 1857   Several towns destroyed and 12,000 people killed in the Basilicata region south of Naples by tremors estimated at around 6.9 on the Richter scale – dubbed the Great Neapolitan Earthquake
  • 1905  Around 5,000 die when tremors wipe out 25 villages in Calabria
  • 1908  Europe’s most powerful earthquake leaves more than 82,000 people dead as tremors measured at up to 7.5 on the Richter scale hit the Messina Strait between Sicily and the Italian mainland, causing a tsunami
  • 1915  The town of Avezzano in southern Italy is destroyed by an earthquake, with the loss of about 32,600 lives
  • 1930  Around 1,400 people die in the Irpinia region of southern Italy in a quake measured at 6.5
  • 1976  A total of 976 die and 70,000 people are left homeless when a tremor measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale strikes Friuli in north-eastern Italy
  • 1980  A quake strikes the town of Eboli, south of Naples, killing 2,735 people and injuring 7,500
  • 1997  Two earthquakes in Umbria in September leave 13 dead and more than 40,000 people homeless. Four of the victims were killed when the roof of the Basilica of St Francis collapsed in Assisi, damaging priceless frescoes
  • 2001  One woman dies in the northern Italian region of Alto Adige, during a quake measuring 5.2
  • 2002  Thirty people, most of them children crushed in their collapsed school, die in San Giuliano di Puglia in southern Italy during an earthquake in October measured at 5.9 on the Richter scale.

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Magnitude 6.3 quake strikes Italy

Posted by feww on April 6, 2009

Magnitude 6.3 mainshock strikes central Italy

Magnitude 6.3 mainshock preceded by a foreshock measuring 4Mw and followed by a 4.8Mw aftershock strike central Italy about 95 km NE of Rome. The epicenter of the quake was near the city of L’Aquila, the most populated cities in central Italy.

According to various news reports, at least 20 people have been killed and many more could be trapped in the rubble.  About 5,000 buildings have been damaged and many are left homeless.

L’Aquila Seismic History:

L’Aquila, a medieval town of about 73,000 inhabitants, is the capital city of the Abruzzo region and of the Province of L’Aquila. However, thousands students, workers and tourists travel to the city each day.

  • L’Aquila was struck by a a cluster of quakes in 1348-50 which destroyed most of the city.
  • In 1461, another large quake razed most of the city to the ground.
  • In 1703, L’Aquila was almost completely destroyed by yet another quake.
  • According to local sources, another large earthquake destroyed most of the city about 100 years ago.
  • In 1997, a strong earthquake killed 15 people and damaged thousands of buildings in central Italy.

[Data from various sources.]

Location Map – Source: USGS

This Earthquake

Magnitude: 6.3

  • Monday, April 06, 2009 at 01:32:42 UTC
  • Monday, April 06, 2009 at 03:32:42 AM at epicenter

Location:  42.423°N, 13.395°E
Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program

  • 70 km (40 miles) W of Pescara, Italy
  • 95 km (60 miles) NE of ROME, Italy
  • 115 km (70 miles) SE of Perugia, Italy
  • 135 km (85 miles) S of Ancona, Italy

Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 4.6 km (2.9 miles); depth fixed by location program


Event ID:  us2009fcaf

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