May 21, 2012 |
The magnitude 6.0 earthquake that hit northern Italy early Sunday has claimed the lives of six people and has caused widespread damage. Among the most badly hit sites were a number of cultural heritage structures, according to reports. Italy's cultural ministry said that "after an initial survey, damage to cultural patrimony appears significant. " One of the hardest hit areas was San Felice sul Panaro, a town near Bologna, which saw serious damage to a 14th century castle and to churches that housed valuable paintings and frescoes.
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December 21, 1988
For as long as many of us can remember, the Soviet Union and the United States have been expending enormous proportions of their respective resources in an effort to be capable of creating the kind of devastation for one another that Mother Nature recently created for Armenia. Now, in a sudden burst of compassion, we are all tripping over one another in our zeal to help the poor, tragic victims of this disastrous earthquake. It seems that what we need, to distract ourselves from the preoccupation with killing one another, is a common, extremely threatening enemy.
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April 23, 2014 |
A 6.7 magnitude earthquake was reported off Canada's Vancouver Island on Wednesday night. But there were no tsunami concerns for the Pacific Coast, including California. The quake rocked the region around 8:10 p.m. and was located about 58 miles southwest of Port Hardy in British Columbia, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was followed by two aftershocks of 5.0 and 4.2. There were no tsunami watches, warnings or advisories for the Pacific Coast, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
October 22, 2012 |
Six Italian seismologists have been convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to prison for failing to adequately warn the city of L'Aquila in advance of an April 2009 earthquake that killed more than 300 people. When the charges were brought against the Italian scientists back in 2010, they shocked the scientific world. Prosecutors claimed that the scientists, while serving on a government panel, minimized the potential risks of a potential quake in the region, and gave "incomplete, imprecise, and contradictory information" to the area's citizens, according to an in-depth report on the case last year in the scientific journal Nature.
February 6, 2014 |
The earth shook in Ocean City, Md., on Thursday morning, but seismologists said the vibrations didn't match those of an earthquake or a frost quake, leaving the cause a mystery. Richard Ortt Jr., director of the Maryland Geological Survey, said the seismic waves from the event spread at a rate too fast to be either an earthquake or a frost quake , a rare cold-weather phenomenon that has repeatedly popped up across the Northeast and Midwest during this extraordinarily frigid winter.
August 7, 2013 |
A shallow magnitude 3.0 earthquake was reported Wednesday evening 16 miles from Pine Valley, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:15 p.m. at a depth of 3.1 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 29 miles from Alpine, Calif., 30 miles from Tecate, Mexico, 31 miles from San Diego Country Estates, Calif. and 244 miles from Phoenix. In the last 10 days, there have been no earthquakes magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby. Read more about Southern California earthquakes .
February 21, 2012 |
What by historical standards was a mild earthquake shook parts of as many as nine states on Tuesday in the latest rumble along the fabled New Madrid Seismic Zone. The quake, measuring 4.0, struck at 3:58 a.m. CST near East Prairie, Mo., a rural town of some 3,200 people off of Interstate 55, which connects St. Louis with Memphis, Tenn., according to the U.S. Geological Survey website. The quake was felt in Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee and there were scattered reports from four other states including as far away as Georgia.
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August 21, 2013 |
A Los Angeles councilman's call for the city to consider creating an inventory of thousands of so-called soft-story apartments that could collapse during a major earthquake is already generating debate. This first-of-its-kind list would apply to buildings in Los Angeles built before 1978 with at least two stories and at least five units. Councilman Tom LaBonge 's proposal marks the first significant seismic safety effort in Los Angeles in years. It comes four months after San Francisco passed a landmark law forcing owners to strengthen about 3,000 soft-story apartment buildings.