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Category 6 earthquake hits just north of Bologna

Category 6 earthquake hits just north of Bologna

Old May 20th, 2012, 05:01 AM
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Category 6 earthquake hits just north of Bologna

...about 22 miles north of Bologna. So far there are 6 killed, many injured.. Heritage sites damaged. Felt as far away as Venice and Verona. Here is hoping that casualties do not grow and that any fodorites visiting the region are safe.
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Old May 20th, 2012, 05:03 AM
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Oh, no!
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Old May 20th, 2012, 06:42 AM
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WE left Bologna ( for Venice) exactly two weeks ago.
Really enjoyed our week in this lovely city.
Adding our hopes for the safety of all in the region.
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Old May 20th, 2012, 06:50 AM
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Terrible news. Hopefully the worst is over.
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Old May 20th, 2012, 06:53 AM
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Hate to hear this.
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Old May 20th, 2012, 08:51 AM
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Sad news. Thinking about sharbear84 and her husband who are staying in Bologna now, and hoping for the best for everyone in the region affected.
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We were woken up around 4 AM by a whole lotta shaking. This was in Venice. It seemed to last around 30 seconds if I had to guess; no idea how long it lasted closer to Bologna (then again we were woken from a sound sleep so I really cannot say). It wasn't very violent shaking but you definitely knew it was an earthquake. Very odd feeling. I've "been" in four, now, and the others I barely felt compared to this one. I wondered briefly if Venice was better off because the ground and buildings would "go with the flow" so to speak, or if it were worse off for the same reason (ie built on less than stable foundation).

I pulled out my berry and googled to see where it emanated from. I found the USGS site which tracks quakes around the globe and was gobsmacked to see all the quakes on the tracker. This site updates frequently and one pages shows "all quakes from the last hour". We only hear about the big ones, clearly.

We also felt one aftershock. A similar feeling but a lot shorter. Then we fell back asleep. The next morning I saw a pretty healthy crack in the wall outside our room, close to the ceiling. No idea if it was there before, or smaller even.

Very sad to hear about the deaths. Thankfully this wasn't as bad as the one in l'Aquila in 2009.
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Old May 20th, 2012, 12:00 PM
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Just looked at the pictures. So very sad. Does anyone know if there is anything we can do to help?
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Old May 20th, 2012, 12:40 PM
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The death toll is now up to 7 and it is felt more will be found as rubble is cleared.
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flygirl -- glad the damage in Venice doesn't appear to be too significant. To answer your question, according to my geologist husband, it's much better to be on bedrock than on a soft, unstable ground like Venice during an earthquake. Bedrock (think brick) doesn't vibrate as much as unconsolidated material (think jello). For example, living in a house built on bedrock in San Francisco is much safer than living in one built on landfill, like the Marina.
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Old May 20th, 2012, 03:14 PM
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It was a great scare yesterday morning here in Bologna being so close to Modena and Ferrara.
The up and down movement lasted for a long time that we eventually decided to run out of the room. There were multiple strong aftershocks immediately after and then again in the afternoon, but amazingly there was no real damage in Bologna considering how old the buildings are.

On the other hand, the mayor of Finale Emilia (6 miles from the epicenter), was crying as he was trying to get help for the 4000 people who were afraid to go back into their damaged homes. They managed to get 3000 people into 4 tent cities but the rest are just sleeping outside their homes.
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Old May 20th, 2012, 03:21 PM
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I should correct myself, most of the refugees could not (not allowed to) go back into their damaged homes, they are the ones that got into the tent cities, but plenty more just chose to sleep outside their homes tonight even though their homes are still intact.
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