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Earthquakes and volcanoes : World : Europe : Italy

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Moderate 20 seconds earthquake scares the greater Torino area, Italy (25/07/2011)
A moderate earthquake has scared the Torino (Turin) area at 14:31 (2:31 PM) local time. Serious damage is not expected, but the very populated Torino area was seriously scared with the sometimes 20 seconds shaking. The earthquake was felt as far a the France Alps.

Quake Flash report : Weak earthquake very well felt in Latina and Rome, Italy (23/07/2011)
Weak but very shallow earthquake. Based on the many Italian people visiting our site, the earthquake has been well felt as strong in the greater epicenter area. This earthquake has also been felt in Rome, approx. 60 km from the epicenter.

Ferrara (Italy) earthquake : minor damage reported (17/07/2011)
At 20:30 Italian time, a moderate shallow earthquake shook fiercely the Ferrara area, sending people out of their houses in fear of aftershocks.  The very populated area had a fresh memory of the destructive l’Aquila earthquake where on April 6  2009; 308 people were killed. @ we are always alerted if a magnitude 5 earthquake hits a Mediterranean country, including Italy. 

Etna volcano (Sicily, Italy) erupts again on July 9 2011 + Eruption video (09/07/2011)
On the morning of 9 July, Strombolian activity resumed, and the volcanic tremor amplitude started to rise rapidly. Shortly after 12:00 GMT, lava overflowed the eastern rim of the crater, and then followed the path of the lava flows emitted during the previous paroxysms. At 13:45 GMT the Strombolian explosions blended into a continuous lava fountain, which was accompanied by the formation of a dense eruption column several kilometers high.

Italy earthquake report was false (12/06/2011)
Earthquake-Report is informing people as fast as possible on ongoing events. We receive data from many sources and will inform the data immediately to our readers ‘as is’, also stating that if only one source reports the earthquake, it has to be confirmed by other agencies soon thereafter. The current trigger was a GDACS report (see link below) automatically updated by a computer on: 6/12/2011 2:56:57 AM UTC (6 minutes after the event).

Horror day for (not only) Italian seismologists on September 20 2011 (26/05/2011)
Italian Judge Giuseppe Romano Gargarella ordered 7 persons of the Italian government’s Great Risks commission, which evaluates the potential for natural disasters, to go on trial in L’Aquila on September 20. The judge said the defendants “gave inexact, incomplete and contradictory information” about whether smaller tremors felt by L’Aquila residents in the weeks and months before the April 6, 2009 quake should have constituted grounds for a warning.

Want to visit Rome? Too late! Apparently, it will be destroyed by a massive earthquake today! (11/05/2011)
Today, Wednesday, Rome (including the Vatican) will be razed to the ground by an earthquake that will shatter more than 2,000 years’ worth of monumental architecture including the Colosseum, the Pantheon and St Peter’s. That, at least, is the fear of hundreds of thousands of Romans, spooked by the reputed forecast of a self-taught seismologist Raffaele Bendandi, also called the “earthquake prophet”,  who died more than 30 years ago.

Italy M 4.5 Moderate earthquake in the waters of the Sicilian Eolian Islands (16/08/2010)
A very shallow earthquake of Magnitude 4.5  just occurred in the waters of the Eolian islands. August is the top tourist month on the Liparian islands, so a lot of people will have felt the shaking. The epicenter is located on the shores of southern Vulcano island, a still active volcano. The Italian authorities are very alerted on the whereabouts of this volcano, which is seen as 'possible to erupt' in the (near) future.

Major Historic Earthquakes in Italy (USGS data and links)