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6.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Italy

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by carmen510, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. carmen510

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    Surprised No One Made a Thread about this yet. I'm actually quite stunned, I never heard of Earthquakes like this in Italy, only volcanic eruptions, although that's probably a sad reflection of me being negligent to disaster news.
     
  2. TheLastOne36

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    i was looking for a thread about it...

    I have an Aunt who lives nearby Aquila. Haven't heard from her yet but i believe she is to far away for it to cause any damage.
     
  3. Narz

    Narz keeping it real

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    Maybe they could create makeshift shelters out of all that garbage from Italy's garbage crisis (or was that finally cleaned up?).

    Anyway, my condolences to those who lost their loved ones and/or homes.
     
  4. Aramazd

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    Well both are usually around tectonic plates so it's not surprising.
     
  5. Rashiminos

    Rashiminos Fool Prophet

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    You just reminded me of a related article:

    http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L6566682.htm

     
  6. Winner

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    My sister lives near Milano, so I think she's fine.

    But these things shouldn't be happening in Europe :(
     
  7. holy king

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    earthquakes? not much you can do about this, right?
     
  8. Arwon

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    Wrong region.
     
  9. holy king

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    what, italy has regions?
     
  10. TheLastOne36

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    My aunt lives in Latina. I think that is to far from Aquila right?
     
  11. Winner

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    I believe the earthquake hit a relatively small area.
     
  12. Mirc

    Mirc Not mIRC!!!

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    It's just out of the radius it hit.

    I have relatives in the area too. :( Thankfully, they are all all right. But still, I couldn't believe the news when I saw them.


    Which makes me wonder, we had here a 5.9 quake a few years ago, and it didn't destroy... anything? A 0.4 degree difference shouldn't be that big. What makes some of them so much worse than others?

    Actually Europe is a very common place for earthquakes to happen! And exactly the most populous places too! Look here:

    Spoiler :
     
  13. Winner

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    Only a fraction of these are big. Unfortunately the Mediterranean region is a bit unstable since it is in fact a large collision zone.

    Africa is out to get us...

    Doesn't it depend on the depth of the hypocenter or perhaps the nature of the waves? Plus, don't forget it happened in a region where buildings are not exactly fit to withstand it.
     
  14. GoodGame

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    One ricther is 10X. And apparently the actualy destructive power is 1.5x the richter value
    So the difference would really be 10^(0.4 * 1.5) or 10^6.

    And what Winner said about construction. I believe with primitive construction, a whole city can be flattened by low order quakes.
     
  15. Sofista

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    Just about a hour ago, a new 5,5 quake hit over there. So far, another dead reckoned.
    Yikes, I felt it myself, and live some 900KM north of there.

    TLO, don't worry, Latina is not even in the same region as L'Aquila.

    EDIT: so far, 229 dead.
     
  16. dutchfire

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    1) That picture has so many dots, you still can't see anything.
    2) I know that over here, we can measure earthquakes up to like 0,1 richter. http://www.knmi.nl/seismologie/aardbevingen-nederland.html I bet they don't do that in Siberia/Africa/random other uninhabited area. So that probably skews the statistics hugely. (Over here, most earthquakes are the result of the natural gas exploitation in Groningen. This map shows most of the recent earthquakes in the Netherlands in an area of a couple of square kilometers.
     
  17. Kyriakos

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    This is why buildings should be tested, and built in accordance to the newest security rules. In Italy, however, there are a lot of very old buildings, and i suspect that this is why so many collapsed and people died. Here we have earthquakes of that magnitude and bigger, from time to time, but no people ussually die.
     
  18. thetrooper

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    Interesting maths...

    10^(0.4 * 1.5) = 10^0.6
     
  19. TheLastOne36

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    Lol, there's earthquakes up here in Poland, and even in the Baltic sea?
     
  20. Züriputsch

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    I had always know Italy for volcanos (saw one when i was there last year) but i was suprised by the earthquake
     

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