Italian earthquake kills at least 15: The second big earthquake in the Emilia-Romagna region in ten days, the 5.8 magnitude quake is the deadliest to hit the country since the 2009 L’Aquila quake, which killed 300 and left many homeless. (Above: A video showing the shaking in a home affected by the quake.)
» “The only problem we had was people panicking”: In Indonesia, one of the countries most damaged by 2004 earthquake and tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands, the quake stirred up terrible memories of that incident. Indonesia even called a tsunami warning. However, this quake was hundreds of miles off the coast and seismologists say it rattled horizontally, making a tsunami unlikely. Hours after the initial warning, there was no noticeable rise in sea level. Indonesia is however not out of the woods yet — the 8.2 aftershock was only one of the post-quake rattles in the region.
» Why so little damage? To put it simply, a combination of factors. First, the quake hit in a mountainous area without many buildings, limiting the amount of damage in the immediate region. Second, the area has had numerous earthquakes, including a deadly 8.0 quake in 1985, so building regulations had greatly improved to the point where serious damage could be avoided. The result is that the quake, while widely felt, didn’t cause the kind of serious damage it could have.
» Get ready Tuesday morning: In honor of Missouri’s earthquake awareness month and timed in honor of the New Madrid Earthquake, millions will take part in a giant earthquake drill that starts at 10:15 CST. Will you take part? You never know when another earthquake might hit.
These earthquakes were sitting there waiting to happen. We have triggered these earthquakes.Seismologist John Armbruster • Discussing the recent string of earthquakes in Ohio. If you live in that state, you might have noticed up to a dozen small earthquakes since last spring. There hasn’t been a measured earthquake in the area ever until last March. Apparently, the disposing of waste water into the ground (during a energy-releasing process called “fracking”) may have flowed into an earthquake fault line. This same problem has happened in Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas. In Arkansas alone, 1,000 mini-quakes were measured. source (via • follow)