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Over 150 confirmed dead from today’s earthquake in Italy – Rainy night, cold apparently, in light blankets, under tents, pajamas, dirty and grieving and afraid – still no word that I could find from the smaller towns around L’Aquile, but I did find a video of the way Assergi (13,86 km) looked before today.

– cricketdiane

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bH2cJkJHr90

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/world/world/general/quake-in-italy-sees-two-killed/1479607.aspx

M5.6 quake jolts Kyushu

Sunday 05th April, 07:15 PM JST

http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/m56-quake-jolts-kyushu

Links to sites of interest

http://www.stmichelehotel.it/eng/links.html

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http://italia.indettaglio.it/eng/abruzzo/laquila_laquila_collebrincioni.html

The village of Collebrincioni belongs to the municipality of L`Aquila, in the province of L`Aquila, region Abruzzo.

The village of Collebrincioni is 4,51 kilometers far from the same town of L`Aquila to whom it belongs.

To the municipality of L`Aquila also belong the localities of Aquilio (3,72 km), Aragno (8,10 km), Arischia (8,32 km), Assergi (13,86 km), Bagno (7,25 km), Bagno Piccolo (3,84 km), Bazzano (7,31 km), Brecciasecca (12,30 km), Camarda (11,57 km), Campo Imperatore (– km), Cansatessa (6,07 km), Casaline (18,34 km), Cavalli (8,71 km), Cermone (10,70 km), Cesa Nuova (11,85 km), Cese (12,36 km), Civita di Bagno (8,55 km), Colle di Preturo (11,38 km), Colle di Roio (5,80 km), Colle di Sassa (11,51 km), Colle Roio (5,69 km), Colle Sassa (11,49 km), Collefracido (9,00 km), Collemare (10,86 km), Cominio (7,16 km), Coppito (5,32 km), Esperita (5,38 km), Filetto (14,12 km), Foce (12,11 km), Fonte Augelli (4,76 km), Fonte Mortale (5,26 km), Forcella (– km), Genzano (7,89 km), Gignano (3,31 km), Inciampa La Notte (5,89 km), Madonna delle Pagliare (9,31 km), Malepasso (3,20 km), Menzano (18,88 km), Monticchio (9,35 km), Onna (10,40 km), Paganica (8,49 km), Paganica – Tempera (8,81 km), Pagliare (9,11 km), Palombaia (13,04 km), Palombaia di Sassa (8,64 km), Palombaia di Tornimparte (12,95 km), Palombara (4,87 km), Pescomaggiore (12,90 km), Pettino (3,19 km), Pianola (4,47 km), Pile (2,77 km), Poggio di Roio (4,14 km), Poggio Roio (4,11 km), Poggio Santa Maria (11,35 km), Pozza (11,24 km), Pozza di Preturo (12,68 km), Pratelle (3,23 km), Pratelle Sant`Antonio (3,46 km), Preturo (10,83 km), Ripa (7,52 km), Roio Piano (5,67 km), San Benedetto (8,54 km), San Benedetto di Bagno (6,07 km), San Carlo di Sassa (5,72 km), San Cipriano (4,02 km), San Giacomo (3,68 km), San Giuliano (0,93 km), San Gregorio (12,11 km), San Leonardo (1,88 km), San Marco (12,75 km), San Marco di Preturo (9,02 km), San Martino (11,09 km), San Martino di Sassa (9,69 km), San Raniero (7,80 km), San Vittorino (9,44 km), San Vittorino Amiterno (9,55 km), Santa Rufina (5,80 km), Santi (17,37 km), Sant`Angelo (9,23 km), Sant`Elia (4,52 km), Sassa (10,09 km), Sassa Scalo (11,04 km), Tempera (7,02 km), Torretta (3,04 km), Valle Pretara (8,50 km), Vallesindola (3,34 km), Vasche (4,08 km).

The number in parentheses following each village name indicate the distance between the same village and the municipality of L`Aquila.

The locality of Collebrincioni rises 1090 meters abobe sea level.

The population of Collebrincioni counts 298 inhabitants.

Please find in what follows:

* A set of photos about Collebrincioni (when available)

* Weather and weather forecast for the municipality of L`Aquila, to whom Collebrincioni belongs.
* Map and road map of Collebrincioni

* A selection of videos about Collebrincioni

* The latest news about Collebrincioni, the municipality of L`Aquila, the province of L`Aquila and the Abruzzo region.

Weather in Collebrincioni

Weather and weather forecast for L`Aquila, to whom Collebrincioni belongs.

http://italia.indettaglio.it/eng/abruzzo/laquila_laquila_collebrincioni.html

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Desalination course just misses quake


Earth tremors felt during the European Desalination Society’s fouling and scaling course in L’Aquila, Italy, last week, were obviously precursors of the major earthquake that struck the town at 03:30 on 6 April causing over 90 deaths.

The EDS course, led by Prof Jan Schippers, ended on 2 April, and EDS secretary-general Miriam Balaban and her administrative assistant Ortensia Ferella were fortunately not in L’Aquila, where EDS has its headquarters, when the quake struck. It is not believed that the disaster will seriously affect the EDS Desalination for the Environment conference and exhibition in Baden Baden, Germany, on 17-20 May 2009.
Posted on 06 April 2009

http://www.desalination.biz/news/news_story.asp?id=4810&channel=0&title=Desalination+course+just+misses+quake

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Gran Sasso d’Italia
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Gran Sasso d’Italia

Gran Sasso massif’s Corno Grande, the highest peak in the Apennines
Gran Sasso d’Italia is located in Italy

Gran Sasso d’Italia
Elevation 2,912 metres (9,554 ft)
Location Abruzzo, Italy
Range Apennines
Coordinates [show location on an interactive map] 42°28?0?N 13°33?0?E? / ?42.46667°N 13.55°E? / 42.46667; 13.55Coordinates: [show location on an interactive map] 42°28?0?N 13°33?0?E? / ?42.46667°N 13.55°E? / 42.46667; 13.55

Gran Sasso d’Italia (or Great Stone of Italy) is a mountain located in the Abruzzo region of central Italy . The Gran Sasso forms the centerpiece of the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park which was established in 1993 and holds the highest mountains in continental Italy south of the Alps and is part of the Apennines, the mountain range that runs the entire length of the Italian peninsula. Teramo and L’Aquila are the nearest cities to the Gran Sasso; Assergi, is a small town at the base of the mountain; Rome is 132 km by road or an hour-and-a-half by car.

The three main summits of the Gran Sasso are Corno Grande (shown here), which at 2,912 meters is the highest peak in the Apennines, nearby Corno Piccolo and Pizzo Intermésoli, which is separated from the other two peaks by Val Maone, a deep valley. Corno Grande and Corno Piccolo’s ash coloration come from their limestone and dolomite composition. The peaks are snow-covered for much of the year though the snow cover appears to be less each decade. Corno Piccolo is referred to as, The Sleeping Giant . This is due to the appearance of a profile of a reclined face. This view of Corno Piccolo is evident when viewing the mountain from Pietracamela, a small town near Prati di Tivo, on the north side of the mountain. Corno Grande and Corno Piccolo with their rough vertical walls provide serious rock climbers some of the best climbing in Europe.

Situated below the peak of the Corno Grande is the Calderone glacier, the southernmost glacier in Europe; deglaciation has significantly reduced the glacier’s size. Glaciologists now question whether the glacier will survive past 2020.

The mid- to lower slopes of the Gran Sasso are grazed in spring, summer and autumn by large flocks of sheep guarded by Maremmano-Abruzzese sheepdogs as well as herds of cattle and semi-wild horses. The pastures are covered with field grasses and meadowland wildflowers. The park is also the habitat for diverse wildlife from rare species such as the Apennine wolf, the Marsicano bear, wildcat and the Abruzzo chamois, Rupicapra pyrenaica ornata), a beautiful variety of chamois at the very edge of extinction but now making a comeback in the park through a joint effort by WWF Italia and the park administration. Other species of wildlife include wild boar, foxes, grass snakes such as Orsini’s viper, and a wide variety of bird life including golden eagles, peregrine, goshawks, Ortolan buntings, rock sparrows, crested larks, red-backed shrikes and downy pipits.

At the northern base of Corno Piccolo is Prati di Tivo, a ski village. To the east of Corno Grande and Corno Piccolo is Campo Imperatore, a 27 km long and 8 km wide high plain or plateau at about 2000 m height. Campo Imperatore is home to Italy’s oldest continuously operating commercial ski area (is connected to Fonte Cerreto by a big lift). A hotel midway on the top of Campo Imperatore is where the Italian fascist Benito Mussolini was imprisoned from August until September 1943 until he escaped in a Nazi commando operation. The plateau is also the site of the Campo Imperatore station of the Rome Observatory, from which the Campo Imperatore Near-Earth Objects Survey and other astronomical studies are carried out. At the southern edge of Campo Imperatore and within the bounds of the national park are three medieval hill towns once ruled by the Medicis: Calascio, which sits before the ancient fortress ruin of Rocca di Calascio, and Santo Stefano di Sessanio and Castel Del Monte.

In 1984, a 10 km two-lane highway tunnel connecting Rome to Teramo was bored through the Gran Sasso Massif. In 1995, a second parallel tunnel was completed. Construction of the second tunnel included an underground particle physics laboratory at Assergi, the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso or Gran Sasso National Laboratory.

The laboratory is composed of three large underground chambers, sometimes referred to collectively as the third tunnel. The laboratory sits beneath 1400 meters of rock.

Construction of the laboratory and second tunnel faced fierce opposition from Italian and international environmental groups including Pro Natura, LIPU and Club Alpinio Italiano as well as the World Wildlife Federation and WWF Italia, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth.

Environmentalists noted that the nuclear physics laboratory would lie on or near two major and highly active seismic faults, that construction of the tunnels would interfere with a major aquifer, and that construction waste would degrade an environmentally sensitive and significant area.

The underground laboratory, which opened in 1989, with its low background radiation is used for experiments in particle and nuclear physics,including the study of neutrinos, high-energy cosmic rays, dark matter, nuclear decay, as well as geology, and biology. The laboratory employs over 700 scientists from twenty different countries.

Many credit the opposition created by the tunnel and laboratory construction with galvanizing the Italian environmental movement and leading to the very creation of the Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso. In recent years, the laboratory has itself begun promoting preservation of the Gran Sasso environment.

In 2005, a 2424 m (7953 ft) peak previously named The Gendarme was renamed John Paul II Peak on what would have been Pope John Paul II’s 85th birthday.[1] He had visited the Gran Sasso many times, saying it reminded him of the mountains of his native Poland.
Contents

* 1 Tourism
* 2 Points of interest
* 3 Photo gallery
* 4 References
* 5 External links

Tourism

The Gran Sasso is located in the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park. Running through this nature preserve is a portion of the Italian State Highway 80 (SS80), known as the Grand Highway of the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park ( Strada maestra del Parco ).

While frequented by skiers in winter, and mountain climbers and hikers in other seasons, the Gran Sasso is remarkably free of tourists despite its proximity to Rome. This is especially true in summer with most Italians preferring beach vacations and foreign visitors more likely to visit the mountains of northern Italy. Thus, the Gran Sasso remains largely off the beaten path.

Points of interest

* Alpine Botanical Garden of Campo Imperatore

Photo gallery

Corno Grande seen from the Campo Imperatore

A winter view of Gran Sasso

Gran Sasso from Campo Imperatore’s plateau

The south face of Corno Grande

The Gran Sasso seen from the north

Gran Sasso at dusk

Corno Grande partially in clouds

La Bella Addormentata
Sister project Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Gran Sasso

References

1. ^ Peak is named after late pontiff . BBC News. 2005-05-18. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4377651.stm.

External links

* Inside Abruzzo: Insider Tips Uncovered
* The National Park of the Gran Sasso
* Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga . http://www.gransassolagapark.it
* Images from Gran Sasso d’Italia, news and webcam . http://www.ilgransasso.com
* The Big Stone , climbing in the Gran Sasso, translated from French) . http://www.gdargaud.net/Climbing/GranSasso.html
* Sciaplinismo negli Appenni (article in Italian on scialpinismo , combined mountain climbing and skiing) on the Gran Sasso . http://www.planetmountain.com/Snow/italia/Sibillini/03.html


* Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso website
. http://www.lngs.infn.it/

Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gran_Sasso_d%27Italia
Categories: Mountains of Italy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gran_Sasso_d%27Italia

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Gran Sasso d’Italia

Gran Sasso d’Italia is a mountain located in the Abruzzo region of central Italy. The Gran Sasso or great stone forms the centerpiece of the Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga which was established in 1993 and holds the highest mountains in continental Italy south of Alps and is part of the Apennines, the mountain range that runs the entire length of the Italian peninsula. L’Aquila is the nearest city to the Gran Sasso, just 16 km from Assergi, the small town at the base of the mountain; Rome is 132 km by road or an hour-and-a-half by car. The three main summits of the Gran Sasso are Corno Grande (shown here), which at 2,912 meters is the highest peak in the Apennines, nearby Corno Piccolo and Pizzo Intermésoli, which is separated from the other two peaks by Val Maone, a deep valley. Corno Grande and Corno Piccolo’s ash coloration come from their limestone and dolomite composition. The peaks are snow-covered for much of the year though the snow cover appears to be less each decade. Corno Piccolo is referred to as, The Sleeping Giant . This is due to the appearance of a profile of a reclined face. This view of Corno Piccolo is evident…

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Immagine dall’elicottero di Onna, devestata da sisma

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Il premier, in elicottero, sulle zone terremotate

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Campo Imperatore – Assergi (Aq)

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http://www.gdacs.org/reports.asp?eventType=EQ&ID=54752&system=asgard&location=ITA&alertlevel=Green&glide_no=

Official Earthquake Site – page about this event

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Il terremoto sconvolge l’Abruzzo: oltre 100 i morti accertati
Lunedí 06.04.2009 16:00

Terremoto/ E’ colpa dell’uomo non della natura . L’intervista a Francesco Stoppa, docente di Vulcanologia
Un terremoto di 5,8 gradi della scala Richter è avvenuto alle 3,32 con epicentro in Abruzzo, a circa 1o km dall’Aquila. La scossa è stata avvertita in tutto il centro Italia, dalla Romagna a Napoli. Pesante il bilancio: circa cento morti, decine di dispersi, 1.500 feriti, circa 100 mila gli sfollati, 10-15 mila edifici danneggiati con pesanti danni al patrimonio storico e artistico.

18:35 All’Aquila 16 vetture cuccette per gli sfollati
Le Ferrovie dello Stato hanno messo a disposizione della Protezione civile 16 vetture cuccette per oltre 800 posti letto. Le carrozze, in viaggio da Venezia, Bologna, Roma e Lecce, giungeranno all’Aquila

18:22 Napolitano: Solidarietà mondiale ci conforta
Il presidente della Repubblica Giorgio Napolitano ringrazia i leader di vari Paesi che hanno espresso solidarietà e offerto aiuto all’Italia colpita dal terremoto. E’ una solidarietà confortante , afferma Napolitano

18:18 Numero verde della protezione civile
Aperto dalla Protezione civile un numero verde a cui chiedere informazioni. E’ l’800.860.146

18:07 Vittime destinate a crescere
Il ministro Vito ha detto: Le vittime ufficiali sono 91, ma il numero è destinato a crescere

18:06 Il governo riferisce alla Camera
Il governo rifesce alla Camera sul terremoto. Parla il ministro Elio Vito ministro per i Rapporti con il Parlamento

17:59 Sei ragazzi vivi sotto le macerie della Casa dello Studente
Alla Casa dello studente dell’Aquila, i soccorritori hanno individuato sei studenti ancora vivi

17:41 Onna: 40 persone sotto le macerie, venti morti
Il presidente della Provincia dell’Aquila ha detto: A Onna, 20 vittime, 40 sotto le macerie

17:31 Evaquato l’ospedale dell’Aquila
Tutti i pazienti dell’ospedale de L’Aquila sono stati evacuati. Lo ha reso noto il presidente della giunta regionale d’Abruzzo Gianni Chiodi. Nella struttura seriamente danneggiata dal terremoto, rimangono ancora 30 pazienti da trasferire presso gli ospedali di Avezzano, Teramo, Pescara e Roma dove sono già stati trasportati tutti gli altri ricoverati

17:15 Ricercatore del Cnr: Ci vorranno anni per recuperare il paese
L’ingegnere Giandomenico Cifani, ricercatore dell’istituto per le tecnologie della costruzione dell’Aquila, ha detto: Dopo il sisma ci vorranno tanti anni per tornare alla normalità, addirittura sette-otto

16:55 Morta mamma abbracciata ai suoi figli
Tra le vittime una mamma morta sotto le maceria delle casa abbracciando i suoi due bambini

17.00 IL PUNTO: L’ABRUZZO DEVASTATO, MORTI E DISPERSI
Una scossa di lunga durata di 5,8 grandi della scala Richter, prodottasi alle 03:32 a 5 chilometri di profondità con epicentro Paganica, ha devastato l’Abruzzo e fatto tremare mezza Italia. Centinaia sono state le scosse di assestamento e il bilancio, in tutta la sua drammaticita’, e’ ancora provvisorio: almeno 100 i morti accertati, decine i dispersi, almeno 1.500 feriti, centinaia di case rase al suolo, altrettante gravemente lesionate e almeno 50mila sfollati. Oltre a L’Aquila i paesi pià’ colpiti sono stati Onna, Fossa, Paganica, San Demetrio, Pizzoli, Rocca di Mezzo, Villa Sant’Angelo, San Gregorio, Poggio Picenza, San Pio, Barrile, Ocre, Rovere, Rocca di Cambio, Pianola, Poggio di Roio, Tempera, e Camarda.

GUARDA LA GALLERY

Il presidente del Consiglio, Silvio Berlusconi, ha dichiarato lo stato d’emergenza nazionale, ha annullato la missione a Mosca e si è recato all’Aquila, il cui centro storico è ridotto a un ammasso di macerie, e in elicottero ha fatto una ricognizione sulle zone più colpite dal sisma e successivamente ha tenuto una conferenza stampa. Gia’ ci sono i soldi per la ricostruzione. Nessuno sara’ lasciato solo , ha detto il premier.

Il capo della Protezione civile, Guido Bertolaso: E’ la peggiore tragedia del millennio . La rete di soccorso e’ stata attivata in tutta Italia. Gli ospedali sono stati messi in stato di allerta e non soltanto quelli delle regioni limitrofe come il Lazio. La solidarieta’ all’Abruzzo e’ arrivata da tutto il Paese. Squadre di volontari e di tecnici, in stretto coordinamento con le sedi della protezione civile, sono in viaggio.

GUARDA LA GALLERY

Cinque i centri operativi misti organizzati dalla Protezione civile: L’Aquila, San Demetrio, Pizzoli, Rocca di Mezzo e Paganica. Quattromila posti letto in alberghi e campeggi di Pescasseroli sono stati messi a disposizione degli abitanti dell’aquilano. I tre ospedali della provincia di Pescara -con Penne e Popoli- hanno potenziato il personale ai pronto soccorso. Le sale operatorie sono a disposizione. E’ probabile che Popoli diventi l’avamposto dei soccorsi sul versante pescarese. Il Centro Trasfusionale si sta occupando del coordinamento regionale per sangue ed emoderivati. Il ministro dell’Istruzione, Mariastella Gelmini, ha annunciato che le scuole saranno chiuse a oltranza. Intanto all’Aquila vi sono stati alcuni arresti per sciacallaggio. Lo ha riferito il capo della Polizia, Antonio Manganelli.

http://www.affaritaliani.it/cronache/terremoto-abruzzoMORTI060409.html

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The nearest civilian airport (Liberi) is at 65km from the epicenter. The Civil airfield of L Aquila Preturo is located at 8km from the epicenter.

Earthquake Event
Geological map
geological map
Characteristics for this report
Information source World Data Centre for Seismology, Denver (NEIC)
Link to source event report (us2009fcaf)
PAGER report (2009fcaf)
Magnitude 6.3 M
Depth 10 km
Location

Geographic coordinates (latitude/longitude): 42.4228, 13.3945
Italy , Abruzzi Province (population: 1,272,594)
Seismic region: Italy

The earthquake happened in Italy , Abruzzi Province (population: 1272594). , 8km from the city of L’Aquila.

The nearest populated places are

Casamaina (19km),

San Martino d’Ocre (18km),

Casentino (18km),

Ocre (17km),

Sant’Eusanio Forconese (18km),

Tornimparte (17km),

Fossa (17km),

Lucoli (15km),

Valle d’Ocre (15km),

Barano (17km),

Bagno (13km),

Casavecchia (13km),

Monticchio (13km),

Barisciano (20km),

Poggio Picenze (16km),

Pianola (11km),

San Gregorio (13km),

Poggio di Roio (10km),

Poggio Santa Maria (15km),

Bazzano (11km),

San Martino (16km),

Colle di Roio (10km),

Pagliare (11km),

Vigliano (17km),

Civitatomassa (13km),

Paganica (10km),

Pescomaggiore (12km),

Pile (7km),

Sella di Corno (19km),

Coppito (8km),

Scoppito (13km),

Filetto (11km),

Preturo (9km),

Camarda (9km),

Aragno (6km),

San Vittorino (7km),

San Marco (10km),

Colle Brincioni (3km),

Santi (13km),

Cavallari (8km),

Casaline (13km),

Assergi (9km),

Arischia (5km),

Teora (11km),

Fonte Cerreto (11km),

Colle (6km),

Pizzoli (8km),

Termine (16km),

Barete (9km),

Cagnano Amiterno (14km),

San Giovanni (12km),

Fiugni (16km),

Cabbia (17km),

Fano a Corno (20km),

Marana (16km),

Cesaproba (19km),

Pellescritta (18km),

Colle Paganica (15km),

Ortolano (11km),

Capitignano (13km),

Montereale (17km),

Pietracamela (18km),

Sivignano (15km),

Mascioni (13km),

Cavagnano (17km),

Nerito (15km),

Alvi (15km),

Fano Adriano (19km),

Santa Vittoria (20km),

Senarica (17km),

Aringo (18km),

Campotosto (15km),

Poggio Cancelli (17km),

Santa Lucia (20km),

Crognaleto (20km),

Cervaro (19km),

Cesacastina (19km)

[Distances from the epicenter of the quake which was 8 km from L’Aquila]

http://www.gdacs.org/reports.asp?eventType=EQ&ID=54752&system=asgard&location=ITA&alertlevel=Green&glide_no=

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News Stories / Photos –

Over 116 photos from a variety of sources about the earthquake

http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/Strong-earthquake-hits-central-Italy/ss/events/wl/040609italyquake/im:/090406/481/280f9a39eb714cf393f3db5316673ef0/#photoViewer=/090406/481/52d3367c9a9349d7af39f5f5d6749d01

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2009-04-06 15:34
Quake: 1, 500 injured, premier says
Tents for 20, 000 people set up amid fears of further quakes
(ANSA) – L’Aquila, April 6 – Premier Silvio Berlusconi said Monday that around 1,500 people were injured in the L’Aquila earthquake that killed at least 92.

”At the moment 4,000 rescuers are at work and concentrating on extracting people from the rubble,” said Berlusconi, who cancelled a trip to Moscow to travel to L’Aquila where he surveyed the damage from a helicopter.

The premier said a camp with 2,000 tents, each capable of housing 8-10 people, was currently being set up in the city for those who had lost their homes in the disaster, while around 4,000 beds in hotels in the area had also been reserved for survivors.

Santa Maria del Suffragio after earthquake 04-06-09

Santa Maria del Suffragio after earthquake 04-06-09

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Earthquake List for Map of Europe Region

Update time = Mon Apr 6 11:00:03 UTC 2009

Here is a list of the earthquakes located by the USGS and contributing networks for the Map of Europe Region. Most recent events are at the top. (Some early events may be obscured by later ones on the map.) Click on the date portion of an earthquake record in the list below for more information.
MAG UTC DATE-TIME
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MAP 4.3 2009/04/06 07:17:13 42.448 13.363 10.0 CENTRAL ITALY
MAP 4.4 2009/04/06 03:56:48 42.387 13.322 10.0 CENTRAL ITALY
MAP 4.8 2009/04/06 02:37:06 42.512 13.397 10.0 CENTRAL ITALY
MAP 6.3 2009/04/06 01:32:42 42.423 13.395 10.0 CENTRAL ITALY
MAP 4.0 2009/04/05 20:48:57 42.400 13.409 10.0 CENTRAL ITALY
MAP 4.6 2009/04/05 20:20:52 44.355 11.979 6.4 NORTHERN ITALY
MAP 4.5 2009/04/04 07:02:46 71.815 -1.272 10.0 JAN MAYEN ISLAND REGION

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The Seismic Map of Italy

Particularly for our clients from the US west coast, where the matter can hardly be considered academic, we present the information your real estate agent in Tuscany, La Marche and Umbria is unlikely to tell you.

On the basis of the frequency and intensity of past earthquakes, 45% of the land area of Italy is divided up into 3 earthquake zones: Category 1 (red) is the most severe, and Category 3 (yellow) the least severe zone of seismic activity:
Note that nearly all of La Marche and Umbria, and over half of Tuscany lie within one of these earthquake zones. In fact, 40% of the Italian population live in them.

For an idea of how serious this can be, take a look at this EERI report.

The rest of the country, coloured white on the map, is unclassified – which means it is considered low risk. Note that this area includes all of the Piedmont wine region.

Source: compilation of data published by the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanlogia (National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology)

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Alfredo Gianmaria is carried away by rescuers after a 4-story building collapsed following a earthquake in L’Aquila, central Italy, Monday, April 6, 2009.
(Photo: AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

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It’s the worst tragedy since the start of the millennium, said Guido Bertolaso, the head of Italy’s Civil Protection Department.

As ambulances screamed through town, firefighters aided by dogs worked feverishly to reach people trapped in fallen buildings, including a student dormitory where half a dozen university students were believed still inside.

Outside the half-collapsed dorm, tearful students huddled together, wrapped in blankets, some still in their slippers after being roused from sleep by the temblor.

CBS News correspondent Allen Pizzey reported that, according to official estimates, as many as 100,000 people may have been left homeless.

Pizzey, reporting from L’Aquila, said there were rumors coming from the surrounding area that mountainside villages had been completely ravaged by the tectonic shift. Some residents reported feeling the ground move up and down, instead of the horizontal motion usually felt in the area during a quake.

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» 2009-04-06 13:50
Quake: Expert blames bad building
Tremor not considered ‘particularly strong’ for area
(ANSA) – Rome, April 6 – Poor construction methods were to blame for the high death toll from Monday’s earthquake in central Italy, which itself was no …

2009-04-06 13:50
Quake: Expert blames bad building
Tremor not considered ‘particularly strong’ for area
(ANSA) – Rome, April 6 – Poor construction methods were to blame for the high death toll from Monday’s earthquake in central Italy, which itself was not that powerful, according to a leading expert.

Over 50 people were killed in the central region of Abruzzo following a quake in the early morning hours of Monday which measured 5.8 on the Richter Scale.

”The damage in the Abruzzo region involved buildings which were not built to withstand a quake that was not even particularly strong,” observed Enzo Boschi, the chairman of Italy’s National Institute for Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV).

”It is always distressing to note that we do not have the mentality to build adequate structures in areas at risk of seismic activity. In other words, we don’t construct buildings to withstand quakes nor to we revamp old buildings to make them safe from collapse,” Boschi said.

”We have detailed maps which indicate the areas which are most at risk of earthquakes and we have also indicated what actions are needed to make buildings safe. But little or nothing has been done,” he added.

Looking back at Monday’s early morning’s quake, Boschi said ”it was a common tremor for the Apennine mountain chain, one which occurs when underground shelves shift by ten centimeters or so”.

It is impossible to predict when such tremors will occur, Boschi observed, ”because the parameter variables change constantly. However, in the near future there should no other ones similar in magnitude to the one last night, although we can expect after shocks to continue in addition to the over 100 we have already recorded”.

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At least 26 towns and villages were hit by the tremor in and around L’Aquila, the capital of the mountainous Abruzzo region.

It was the worst quake in size since 1997 when ten people were killed and massive damage done in and around Assisi.

The toll was the worst since 2002 when 20 died in a school near Naples.

Several countries and the European Union offered Italy aid.

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2009-04-06 12:18
Quake: Pope prays for children
At least 5 kids among 40 killed in L’Aquila
(ANSA) – Vatican City, April 6 – Pope Benedict XVI said he was praying for the victims of the earthquake that hit the city of L’Aquila while it slept Monday.

”I am praying for the victims and in particular for the children,” said the pope after the 5.8 magnitude quake that killed at least 40 including five children and injured thousands.

Vatican sources said the ”dramatic news” of the quake ”filled the pope’s soul with consternation”.

It said the pope sent a ”special blessing” to those affected and those involved in a massive rescue effort.

At least 6,000 people left homeless will be fed in L’Aquila’s soccer stadium later Monday.

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2009-04-06 14:10
Aiuti da Inter e Milan per Abruzzo
A disposizione Centro Inter club e parte ricavato del Golf Tour
(ANSA) – MILANO, 6 APR – Anche l’Inter e il Milan si mobilitano per aiutare gli abitanti dell’Abruzzo gravemente colpiti dal terremoto. L’Inter ha messo a disposizione di tutti i tifosi della zona colpita dal sisma il Centro di coordinamento Inter club per ‘organizzare in loco eventuali azioni di volontariato’. Il Milan invece ha annunciato che ‘parte del ricavato del Milan Golf Tour verra’ devoluto alla popolazione dell’Abruzzo’.

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Daylight revealed the extent of the destruction

At least 90 people are believed dead and tens of thousands homeless after a earthquake hit L’Aquila and other towns in central Italy, rescuers say.

Five children are said to be among the dead and many people are still missing as rescuers search desperately for survivors trapped beneath rubble.

The 6.3-magnitude quake struck at 0330 (0130 GMT) close to L’Aquila, 95km (60 miles) north-east of Rome.

Altogether, 26 cities and towns have been damaged, officials say.

In L’Aquila alone, between 3,000 and 10,000 buildings in the medieval city may have been damaged.

Between 30,000 and 40,000 people are believed to have lost their homes and the authorities are working to find them shelter before nightfall.
See map of the earthquake-hit area

The BBC’s Duncan Kennedy in L’Aquila described bemused and confused locals wrapped in blankets and carrying their personal belongings in suitcases walking, like a stream of refugees, through the devastation.

The rescue service is stretched to breaking point as it tries to reach all the devastated buildings and deal with the mounting casualty toll, our correspondent adds.

State of emergency

Earlier, the mayor of L’Aquila, Massimo Cialente, said some 100,000 people had left their homes.

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Latest from Duncan Kennedy, L’Aquila

Here in the centre of the city, building after building has been left destroyed or half standing with cracks and holes.

We watched as rescue workers struggled to pull out survivors, crawling on their stomachs to try to reach those trapped inside.

There is a stream of almost ghostly figures, local people caught up in the early hours this morning in this earthquake, who are pouring past us wearing blankets.

They are pulling suitcases and luggage past this collapsed building trying to get to safety. People are wandering around in a dazed state.

Eyewitness: ‘Everything falling’
In pictures: L’Aquila in shock

A university dormitory, churches and a bell tower are believed to be among the buildings that had collapsed.

Many residents and rescuers used their bare hands to clear the debris from collapsed buildings, although the army and civil protection units from around Italy are joining the effort.

Survivors, some still in their night clothes, hugged each other as they waited for news of friends and relatives.

Hundreds waited at the city’s main hospital, where doctors were forced to treat people in the open air because only one operating room was functioning.
Francesco Rocca of the Italian Red Cross said two field hospitals were arriving from Rome, but warned of the difficulties ahead.

The biggest problem will arrive in the night because there are thousands and thousands of people that we have to host in tents, in the hotels, he told the BBC.

Deaths were reported in the surrounding towns and villages of Castelnuovo, Poggio Picenze, Tormintarte, Fossa, Totani and Villa Sant’Angelo.

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But it is feared the toll could rise further as rescuers try to reach the many outlying villages and homes in the quake zone.

Phone and power lines remain down, and some bridges and roads have been closed as a precaution as the region was hit by a series of aftershocks.

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has declared a state of emergency, and has cancelled a visit to Moscow to travel to the quake-hit area.

Panic

The earthquake happened hours after a 4.6-magnitude tremor shook the area but caused no reported damage.

L’AQUILA

Medieval city, founded in the 13th Century
Capital of the mountainous Abruzzo region
Population 70,000, with many thousands more tourists and foreign students
Walled city with narrow streets, lined by Baroque and Renaissance buildings

Thousands of the city’s 70,000 residents ran into the streets in panic following the 30-second tremor.

Survivors described finding themselves looking out on to open streets as the walls of their buildings fell away.

A student dormitory was said to be one of the buildings badly damaged. Rescuers were reportedly searching the rubble for people feared trapped inside.

We managed to come down with other students but we had to sneak through a hole in the stairs as the whole floor came down, student Luigi Alfonsi, 22, said.

I was in bed – it was like it would never end as I heard pieces of the building collapse around me.
Correspondents say that L’Aquila, capital of the mountainous Abruzzo region, has many old buildings not built to withstand a strong earthquake.

Even some modern structures on the outskirts of the city were reported to have collapsed.

The earthquake was also felt in Rome.

Italy lies on two fault lines and has been hit by powerful earthquakes in the past, mainly in the south of the country.

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There were fears the death toll could rise throughout the day, with between 3,000 and 10,000 buildings damaged.

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Striking in the middle of the night, the 30-second quake sparked panic as residents fled into the streets.

Thousands may have been made homeless. A university dormitory, churches and a bell tower are believed to be among the buildings that collapsed.

Buildings in the medieval town of L’Aquila, 95km (60 miles) from Rome, were destroyed by the 6.3-magnitude quake.

Hundreds of injured survivors were taken the local hospital, where doctors treated patients in the open air as only one operating theatre was functioning.

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Countless buildings have been destroyed in the regional capital of L’Aquila and in neighbouring villages including Paganica, one of the nearest places to the epicentre.

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Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, has declared a state of emergency.
Earlier, Massimo Cialente, mayor of Abruzzo capital L’Aquila, said around 100,000 people had left their homes as a result of the damage, and Italian media reported that up to 50,000 people have been made homeless.

He said: The situation is terrible, really terrible. Many of my fellow citizens are weeping and I, too, have shed a tear.

The death toll from the ‘quake rose steadily during the morning as emergency services scrambled to pull many people trapped under thousands of collapsed homes and apartment blocks.

Among the dead were an elderly woman and a baby girl who were pulled from the rubble of their home in the town of Fossa near L’Aquila. Rescue workers were unable to revive them, an Italian news channel reported.

Police also confirmed that five people were killed in the small towns of Castelnuovo, one in Poggio Picenze and one in Tormintarte.

Another four children died in a hospital in the Abruzzo capital L’Aquila, Italian news agency ANSA reported. At least eight people are missing in nearby San Demetrio dei Vestini.

Most of the damage centred on L’Aquila where homes, churches and university buildings had been damaged. During the 30 second tremor, thousands of the city’s 70,000 residents ran on to the streets in panic.

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92 Dead, 9:33 EDTam – CNN Live (34) announced from London bureau and northern towns above L’Aquila have not been accessed yet. Some dead reported in Southern and Western villages within 25 miles of epicenter but no reports are coming from North and East of L’Aquila.

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Italy quake kills 92, devastates historic town
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L’AQUILA, Italy (AFP) – A powerful earthquake tore through central Italy on Monday killing more than 90 people as Renaissance buildings in a historic town were reduced to rubble.

Rescue workers quoted by the Italian media, said the provisional death toll had risen to 92, updating an earlier toll of 50 dead, while officials said more than 1,500 people had been injured in the deadly quake.

Hundreds of rescuer workers scrambled to find victims trapped under collapsed homes in L’Aquila, which bore the brunt of the quake, and officials warned the toll would rise.

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi declared a state of emergency and cancelled a trip to Russia so he could go to the city, the capital of the Abruzzo region, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) northeast of Rome.

The quake struck just after 3:30 am (0130 GMT) and lasted about 30 seconds, bringing down many Renaissance era and Baroque buildings, including the dome on one of the hundreds of years old churches in L’Aquila. The city’s cathedral was also damaged.

Roofs caved in on sleeping inhabitants and boulders fell off mountain slopes blocking many roads. At least five children were among the dead in L’Aquila, according to police quoted by ANSA news agency.

The quake measured magnitude 6.2, according to the Italian geophysical institute.

The epicentre was only five kilometres (three miles) directly below L’Aquila which explained the heavy damage that was inflicted up to 30 kilometres away in all directions.

Sirens blared across the city as rescue workers with dogs raced to find survivors. Many of the 60,000 residents fled into the streets as more than a dozen aftershocks rattled the buildings.
Some even left L’Aquila by foot with belongings in suitcases leaving behind the historic buildings with badly cracked walls and debris strewn across the streets.

Rescue workers pulled several people alive out of one four-storey building and said they could hear the cries of one woman still trapped. They planned to try to lift the roof with a giant crane.

Doctors treated people in the open air outside L’Aquila’s main hospital as only one operating room was functioning.

L’Aquila resident Maria Francesco said: It was the apocalypse, our house collapsed. It’s destroyed, and there’s nothing left to recover.

It’s a scandal what’s happened, she told AFP. For the past three months there have been regular tremors, and they’ve been getting stronger and stronger

Luigi D’Andrea, a student, was asleep when the quake struck. Everything shook really hard and bricks started falling on me. Then it was an entire wall that collapsed in my bedroom, then a second.

He escaped through a neighbour’s flat and returned to recover his computer. I’m very lucky I wasn’t hurt, but now I don’t know what to do, whether I should leave here or not. I’ll wait and see.

L’Aquila suffered the biggest toll. Other dead were reported in the surrounding towns and villages of Castelnuovo, Poggio Picenze, Tormintarte, Fossa, Totani and Villa Sant’Angelo, said police quoted by ANSA.

Pope Benedict XVI was praying for the victims, the Vatican said. But Guido Bertolaso, head of Italy’s public safety department, warned the toll would rise.

It’s an event that will mobilise the nation for many weeks, he said, adding that at least 10,000 homes or buildings had been damaged in the quake.

Some 15,000 people suffered a power outage and the L’Aquila to Rome highway was closed.

The quake came about five hours after a 4.6-magnitude tremor shook the Ravenna district in Emilia-Romagna region, which was felt over a wide area, notably in the Marche region on the Adriatic coast, officials said.

Italy is criss-crossed by two fault lines, making it one of Europe’s most quake-vulnerable regions, with some 20 million people at risk.

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Recordings on a seismic drum from Pietraquaria, in Italy’s central region of Abruzzo, show the traces of a powerful earthquake which shook central Italy early Monday, at the National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology, in Rome, Monday, April 6, 2009. Officials say the powerful earthquake in mountainous central Italy has knocked down whole blocks of buildings early Monday as residents slept, killing at least 50 people and trapping many more.
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Giulio Selvaggi, director of the National Center for Earthquakes, looks at recordings on seismic drums in various parts of Italy at the National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology, in Rome, Monday, April 6, 2009. Officials say the powerful earthquake in mountainous central Italy has knocked down whole blocks of buildings early Monday as residents slept, killing at least 50 people and trapping many more.
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People react in front of the site where a four-storey building collapsed following a earthquake in L’Aquila, central Italy, Monday, April 6, 2009.

Patients are treated outside the St.Salvatore Hospital, in L’Aquila, central Italy, Monday, April 6, 2009. A powerful earthquake struck central Italy early Monday, killing at least 20 people, causing entire blocks of buildings to collapse as residents slept inside and leaving thousands of people homeless, officials said. Parts of L’Aquila’s main hospital was evacuated because it was at risk of collapse, forcing the wounded to be treated in the open air or taken elsewhere.
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An Italian military carabinieri walks on debris past destroyed buildings after an earthquake, in downtown Aquila April 6, 2009.
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A man looks for relatives in the ruins of a collapsed house in the center of the Abruzzo capital L’Aquila. A powerful earthquake tore through central Italy devastating mountain towns and killing at least 27 people, authorities said.
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Cars are covered with debris and rubble following a strong earthquake, in the village of Onna, central Italy, Monday, April 6, 2009. A powerful earthquake in mountainous central Italy knocked down whole blocks of buildings early Monday as residents slept, killing at least 50 people and trapping many more, officials said. The earthquake’s epicenter was about 70 miles (110 kilometers) northeast of Rome near the medieval city of L’Aquila. It struck at 3:32 a.m. local time (0132 GMT, EDT Sunday) in a quake-prone region that has had at least nine smaller jolts since the beginning of April.
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Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, left, and Civil Protection Chief Guido Bertolaso meet journalists in L’Aquila, central Italy, Monday, April 6, 2009. Officials say more than 70 people have been killed in an earthquake in central Italy and that 1,500 people have been injured. Premier Silvio Berlusconi and civil protection chief Guido Bertolaso spoke to reporters after reaching the central Italian city of L’Aquila. The city was hit by a powerful earthquake as residents slept early Monday.
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Bodies are placed in coffins after an earthquake hit the Italian village of Onna April 6, 2009. A powerful earthquake struck a huge swath of central Italy as residents slept on Monday morning, killing more than 90 people and making up to 50,000 homeless.
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This aerial photo provided by the Italian Police shows the debris of collapsed buildings in an area near L’Aquila, central Italy, after a powerful earthquake shook central Italy, early Monday, April 6, 2009. A powerful earthquake in mountainous central Italy knocked down whole blocks of buildings early Monday as residents slept, killing at least 50 people and trapping many more, officials said. Thousands were homeless. The earthquake’s epicenter was about 70 miles (110 kilometers) northeast of Rome near the medieval city of L’Aquila. It struck at 3:32 a.m. local time (0132 GMT) in a quake-prone region that has had at least nine smaller jolts since the beginning of April. The U.S. Geological Survey said Monday’s quake was magnitude 6.3, but Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics put it at 5.8. Top right is the logo of the Italian State Police.
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A powerful earthquake that tore through central Italy has killed at least 50 people, with authorities warning that the toll will rise as bodies are uncovered. The Abruzzo capital of L’Aquila was ravaged by the overnight quake, many of its Renaissance and Baroque buildings tumbling in the disaster. A state of emergency has been declared. Duration: 0:48
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An Italian soldier stands in front of a damaged church after an earthquake in the Italian village of Paganica April 6, 2009. A powerful earthquake struck a huge swath of central Italy as residents slept on Monday morning, killing more than 90 people and making up to 50,000 homeless.
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Coffins and bodies covered by white sheets are lined up in the village of Onna, central Italy, Monday, April 6, 2009. A powerful earthquake in mountainous central Italy knocked down whole blocks of buildings early Monday as residents slept, killing at least 50 people and trapping many more, officials said.
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A nun speaks with a rescue worker after an earthquake in the Italian village of Paganica April 6, 2009. A powerful earthquake struck a huge swath of central Italy as residents slept on Monday morning, killing more than 90 people and making up to 50,000 homeless.
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Rescue workers carry the body of a nun found in the rubble of a collapsed monastery after an earthquake in the Italian village of Paganica April 6, 2009. A powerful earthquake struck a huge swath of central Italy as residents slept on Monday morning, killing more than 90 people and making up to 50,000 homeless.
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Rescuers carry a stretcher in the village of Onna, central Italy, Monday, April 6, 2009. A powerful earthquake in mountainous central Italy knocked down whole blocks of buildings early Monday as residents slept, killing at least 50 people and trapping many more, officials said. Interior Minister Roberto Maroni, arriving in L’Aquila hours after the quake, said at least 50 people had been killed and that the toll was likely to rise as rescue crews clawed through the debris of fallen homes. L’Aquila is the capital of the Abruzzo region and lies in a valley surrounded by the Apennine mountains.
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Powerful Earthquake in Italy Kills at Least 92
Monday, April 06, 2009

April 6: A rescuer walks on debris and rubble following a strong earthquake, in the village of Onna, central Italy.

A powerful earthquake in mountainous central Italy knocked down whole blocks of buildings early Monday as residents slept, killing more than 92 people and trapping many more, officials said.

Interior Minister Roberto Maroni, arriving in L’Aquila hours after the quake, said the death toll was likely to rise as rescue crews clawed through the debris of fallen homes. Premier Silvio Berlusconi said 1,500 were injured.

About 100,000 people were homeless, L’Aquila Mayor Massimo Cialente said. It was not clear if that estimate included surrounding towns. Some 10,000 to 15,000 buildings were either damaged or destroyed, officials said.

Berlusconi declared a state of emergency, freeing up federal funds to deal with the disaster, and canceled a visit to Russia so he could deal with the quake crisis.

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Scientist’s Prediction of Earthquake Was Dismissed

The U.S. Geological Survey said Monday’s quake was magnitude 6.3, but Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics put it at 5.8.

In L’Aquila, slabs of walls, twisted steel supports, furniture and wire fences were strewn about the streets and gray dust carpeted sidewalks, cars and residents.

As ambulances screamed through the city, firefighters aided by dogs worked feverishly to reach people trapped in fallen buildings, including a student dormitory where half a dozen university students were believed still inside.
Outside the half-collapsed building, tearful young people huddled together, wrapped in blankets, some still in their slippers after being roused from sleep by the quake.

We managed to come down with other students but we had to sneak through a hole in the stairs as the whole floor came down, said student Luigi Alfonsi, 22. I was in bed — it was like it would never end as I heard pieces of the building collapse around me.

Residents and rescue workers hauled away debris from collapsed buildings by hand. Firefighters pulled a woman covered in dust from the debris of her four-story home. Rescue crews demanded quiet as they listened for signs of life from other people believed still trapped inside.
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A body lay on the sidewalk, covered by a white sheet.

Parts of L’Aquila’s main hospital were evacuated because they were at risk of collapse, and only two operating rooms were in use. Bloodied victims waited in hospital hallways or in the courtyard and many were being treated in the open. A field hospital was being set up. Health Minister Maurizio Sacconi urged Italians to donate blood.

Many of L’Aquila’s modern buildings were damaged and the mayor said the historic center also suffered damage; access to the historic center was blocked. The Italian news agency ANSA said L’Aquila’s cathedral was damaged and the dome of a church had collapsed.

The earthquake’s epicenter was about 70 miles northeast of Rome near the medieval city of L’Aquila. It struck at 3:32 a.m. local time in a quake-prone region that has had at least nine smaller jolts since the beginning of April.

L’Aquila is the capital of the Abruzzo region and lies in a valley surrounded by the Apennine mountains. The 15 miles southeast of L’Aquila, appeared hard hit, and five were confirmed dead there.

In the dusty streets, as aftershocks rumbled through, residents hugged one another, prayed quietly or frantically tried to call relatives. Residents covered in dust pushed carts full of clothes and blankets that they had thrown together before fleeing their homes.

We left as soon as we felt the first tremors, said Antonio D’Ostilio, 22, as he stood on a street in L’Aquila with a huge suitcase piled with clothes. We woke up all of a sudden and we immediately ran downstairs in our pajamas.

Stadiums and sporting fields were being readied to house the homeless, Civil Protection official Agostino Miozzo said.

This means that the we’ll have several thousand people to assist over the next few weeks and months, Miozzo told Sky Italia. Our goal is to give shelter to all by tonight.

At least one student from Greece was trapped in the debris and another was injured, the Greek Foreign Ministry said. Greece offered to send a rescue team to help, the ministry said.

The Israeli Embassy in Rome said officials were trying to make contact with a few Israeli citizens believed to be in the region who had not been in touch with their families. Embassy spokeswoman Rachel Feinmesser did not give an exact number.

The last major quake to hit central Italy was a 5.4-magnitude temblor that struck the south-central Molise region on Oct. 31, 2002, killing 28 people, including 27 children who died when their school collapsed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A firefighter reacts as he stands next to the site where a four-storey building collapsed following a earthquake in L’Aquila, central Italy, Monday, April 6, 2009. A powerful earthquake in mountainous central Italy knocked down whole blocks of buildings early Monday as residents slept, killing at least 50 people and trapping many more, officials said. Interior Minister Roberto Maroni, arriving in L’Aquila hours after the quake, said at least 50 people had been killed and that the toll was likely to rise as rescue crews clawed through the debris of fallen homes. L’Aquila is the capital of the Abruzzo region and lies in a valley surrounded by the Apennine mountains. Associated Press © 2009

Italy: More than 70 dead, 1,500 injured in quake

from The Associated Press

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A firefighter reacts as he stands next to the site where a four-storey building collapsed following a earthquake in L’Aquila, central Italy, Monday, April 6, 2009. A powerful earthquake in mountainous central Italy knocked down whole blocks of buildings early Monday as residents slept, killing at least 50 people and trapping many more, officials said. Interior Minister Roberto Maroni, arriving in L’Aquila hours after the quake, said at least 50 people had been killed and that the toll was likely to rise as rescue crews clawed through the debris of fallen homes. L’Aquila is the capital of the Abruzzo region and lies in a valley surrounded by the Apennine mountains. Associated Press © 2009

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In the historic center of the city, a wall of the 13th century Santa Maria di Collemaggio church collapsed and the bell tower of the Renaissance San Bernadino church also fell. The 16th castle housing the Abruzzo National Museum was damaged.
L’Aquila, capital of the Abruzzo region, was near the epicenter about 70 miles (110 kilometers) northeast of Rome. It is a quake-prone region that has had at least nine smaller jolts since the beginning of April. The quake struck at 3:32 a.m. The U.S. Geological Survey said the big quake was magnitude 6.3, but Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics put it at 5.8 and more than a dozen aftershocks followed.

More than 70 people were killed and the death toll was likely to rise, civil protection chief Guido Bertolaso said as rescue crews clawed through the debris of fallen homes. Some 1,500 people were injured.

The quake hit 26 towns and cities around L’Aquila, which lies in a valley surrounded by the Apennine mountains. Castelnuovo, a hamlet of about 300 people 25 kilometers (15 miles) southeast of L’Aquila, appeared hard hit, and five were confirmed dead there. Another small town, Onno, was almost completely leveled.

A few houses have remained standing, but just a few, Stefania Pezzopane, provincial president of L’Aquila, told Corriere della Sera.

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Evacuees converged on an athletics field on the outskirts of L’Aquila where a makeshift tent camp was being set up. Civil protection officials distributed bread and water to people who lay on the grass next to heaps of their belongings.

It’s a catastrophe and an immense shock, said resident Renato Di Stefano, who was moving with his family to the camp as a precaution. It’s struck in the heart of the city, we will never forget the pain.

Civil protection official Agostino Miozzo said the aim was to give everyone shelter by nightfall.

This means that the we’ll have several thousand people to assist over the next few weeks and months, he told Sky Italia.

At least one student from Greece was trapped in the debris and another was injured, the Greek Foreign Ministry said. Greece offered to send a rescue team to help, the ministry said.

The Israeli Embassy in Rome said officials were trying to make contact with a few Israeli citizens believed to be in the region who had not been in touch with their families. Embassy spokeswoman Rachel Feinmesser did not give an exact number.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italy

[note – population of this area – 1,324,000]

Abruzzo is a region in Italy, its western border lies less than 50 miles due east of Rome. Abruzzo borders the region of Marche to the north, Lazio to the west and south-west, Molise to the south-east, and the Adriatic Sea to the east. Although geographically a central region, ISTAT (the Italian statistical authority) considers it part of Southern Italy, a vestige of Abruzzo’s historic association with the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.

L’Aquila 297,592 108
Teramo 296,063 47
Chieti 381,993 104
Pescara 312,215 46

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Italian PM declares state of emergency with quake death toll rising to 27
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Rescue workers look for survivors under a collapsed house in downtown Aquila April 6, 2009. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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ROME, April 6 (Xinhua) — Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has declared a state of emergency in the country after a strong quake hit central Italy early Monday, leaving at least 27 people dead and over 40 others missing.

Berlusconi has cancelled a scheduled visit to Russia, and is now on his way to the quake-hit areas, RAI TV reported.

An Italian military carabinieri walks on debris past destroyed buildings after an earthquake, in downtown Aquila April 6, 2009.

An Italian military carabinieri walks on debris past destroyed buildings after an earthquake, in downtown Aquila April 6, 2009. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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Earlier, the ANSA news agency reported that 30 people were missing in the Abrusso region where the quake was centered.

Firefighters, volunteers and military personnel are racing against time to search for survivors in collapsed buildings in the quake-hit areas, TV footage showed.

Rome’s civil protection officials said dozens of people have been injured in the quake as thousands of buildings have been damaged by the quake.

Not long after the quake hit at 03:32 a.m. local time (0232 GMT), Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and Berlusconi held an urgent meeting to assess the situation.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake had a magnitude of 6.3, but Italy’s geophysics authorities put the magnitude at 5.8.

According to media reports, part of a university dormitory has collapsed in the city of L’Aguila, the quake’s epicenter, some 95 km northeast of Rome.

The ANSA news agency reported that dome of a church fell down and the city’s cathedral was also damaged.

The temblor has caused panic among residents in L’Aguila and sent many of them to flee their houses. It was felt in Rome and much of the country.

State television RAI said an elderly woman and a child had been killed in a village east of Rome in the Abruzzo region. ANSA said four children died in L’Aquila after their houses collapsed.
Italian civil protection officials, quoted by Italian media, have warned that thousands of people could be left homeless after the earth movement.

The quake came just several hours after a 4.6-magnitude tremor hit north-central Italy Sunday night, which left no damage or injuries.

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Earthquake strikes near Micron’s Italian fab

Peter Clarke
EE Times Europe
(04/06/2009 5:56 AM EDT)

LONDON — An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale struck Italy s mountainous Abruzzo region 60 miles east of Rome at 3:32 am Monday (April 6) morning. Reports have indicated a death toll of at least 27 although that figure is expected to rise as mountain villages that may have been cut off by landslides are contacted. Reports speak of 50,000 evacuees from the region and thousands people now homeless.

The quake was centered on the ancient town of L Aquila but many surrounding villages are reported to have been razed and fatalities have been confirmed in other towns including Avezzano, home to a wafer fabrication plant. The plant was originally constructed by Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas, Texas) but was subsequently taken over by Micron Technology Inc. (Boise, Idaho).

Avezzano produces memory devices but also hosts a network communications design center as well as a regional sales office for Micron. Although wafer fabs are usually among those buildings better able to withstand earthquakes, production can be interrupted as mandatory safety checks are carried out. If there is damage or workers are evacuated production could be suspended for some time.

More details of the earthquake could be found at the BBC when this first posted.

Micron cuts capex, dismisses DRAM venture

Micron shutting 200-mm fab, cutting more jobs

http://www.eetimes.com/news/semi/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=216402854

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enny Booth

Scientists blame Italy’s tragic history of earth tremors on the fact that the country lies directly over the Eurasian and African faultlines, where the borders of two tectonic plates move together and apart.

This also accounts for Italy’s relatively high number of active volcanoes – Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe, Vulcano, Stromboli, and Vesuvius, the only active volcano on the mainland of Europe.

1857 Several towns destroyed and 12,000 people killed in the Basilicata region south of Naples by tremors estimated at around 6.9 on the Richter scale – dubbed the Great Neapolitan Earthquake

1905 Around 5,000 die when tremors wipe out 25 villages in Calabria
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1908 Europe’s most powerful earthquake leaves more than 82,000 people dead as tremors measured at up to 7.5 on the Richter scale hit the Messina Strait between Sicily and the Italian mainland, causing a tsunami

1915 The town of Avezzano in southern Italy is destroyed by an earthquake, with the loss of about 32,600 lives

1930 Around 1,400 people die in the Irpinia region of southern Italy in a quake measured at 6.5

1976 A total of 976 die and 70,000 people are left homeless when a tremor measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale strikes Friuli in north-eastern Italy

1980 A quake strikes the town of Eboli, south of Naples, killing 2,735 people and injuring 7,500

1997 Two earthquakes in Umbria in September leave 13 dead and more than 40,000 people homeless. Four of the victims were killed when the roof of the Basilica of St Francis collapsed in Assisi, damaging priceless frescoes

2001 One woman dies in the northern Italian region of Alto Adige, during a quake measuring 5.2

2002 Thirty people, most of them children crushed in their collapsed school, die in San Giuliano di Puglia in southern Italy during an earthquake in October measured at 5.9 on the Richter scale.

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I woke in fear feeling the bed moving, other rumors in the house and something like a far thunder. Some alarms started ringing. I thought it was one of the quakes we often have in Rome.
But when I woke up this morning the truth came up to me as a cold shower.

Chiara, Rome, Italy

My condolences to our Italian brothers

Andreas Andreou, Cyprus,

Sadly, Italy, such as Greece and the Balkans, is highly exposed to the risk of earthquakes. Much more than the rest of Europe. There will be others, it’s inevitable. I live much more north but the shake woke me up anyway.

Pascal, Parma, Emilia Romagna, Italy

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Richard Owen in L’Aquila, and Jenny Booth

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Italy has declared a state of emergency after a massive earthquake struck north of Rome during the night, leaving at least 50 dead.

A total of 50,000 have so far been confirmed as being made homeless while the death toll is predicted to continue rising as rescuers comb through the rubble.

The worst effects were felt around the medieval city of L’Aquila, 70 miles (110km) from the capital, where between 10,000 and 15,000 buildings have been damaged. Roofs fell in on many houses and boulders blocked many mountain roads.

Richard Owen

“ I have just picked my way up a steep road strewn so thick with rubble it was hard to keep my feet.“  –  Richard Owen, in L’Aquila
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Around 100,000 people fled their homes when the tremors started, and remained on the streets in fear of aftershocks. Slabs of walls, twisted steel supports, furniture and wire fences were strewn about the streets, and a thick layer of grey dust carpeted pavements and cars.

Sirens wailed across the city as firefighters and ordinary people started rescue attempts, hauling away debris with their bare hands. Sniffer dogs helped to pinpoint where people might be trapped.
Hundreds, some bloodied and in shock and others sobbing, waited outside L’Aquila’s main hospital for treatment, Italy’s ANSA news agency reported. The regional health director, Roberto Marzetti, said that only two operating rooms were working because parts of the building were at risk of collapse. Civil protection crews were erecting a field hospital to deal with the influx of wounded.

In the dusty, rubble-strewn streets residents hugged one another, prayed or frantically tried to call relatives.

Roberto Moroni, the Interior Minister, who arrived in L’Aquila hours after the quake, said that 50 people had been killed.

Massimo Cialente, the city mayor, said some 100,000 people had left their homes and that many buildings in the city’s historic center were damaged.

Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian Prime Minister, has cancelled a planned trip to a two-day economic summit in Russia and declared a state of emergency, freeing up federal funds to deal with the disaster.

I am leaving for L’Aquila. I have cancelled my trip to Moscow because I think the situation is such that the presence of the head of government at the scene could be useful,  Mr Berlusconi told Italian television.

This is the worst tragedy since the start of the Millennium,  said Guido Bertolaso, the head of Italy’s Civil Protection Department.

He predicted that there would be  numerous victims, many injured and so many collapsed homes , adding:  It’s an event that will mobilise the nation for many weeks.

The Italian National Institute of Geophysics put the strength of the earthquake at 5.8, with the epicentre three miles (5km) below the city of L’Aquila in the Apennine mountains, although US seismologists reckoned the quake might have been as large as 6.3 on the Richter scale. It hit at 0132GMT, 3.32am local time, and was clearly felt in Rome, where buildings swayed and residents woke up.

Agostino Miozzo, a civil protection department official, said that electricity, phone and gas lines had been damaged, as aftershocks continued. Around 15,000 people suffered a power cut and part of the highway linking L’Aquila to Rome was closed.

This means that the we’ll have several thousand people to assist over the next few weeks and months,  he told Sky Italia.  Our goal is to give shelter to all by tonight.  ANSA said that the dome of a church in L’Aquila collapsed and the city’s cathedral also suffered damage.

Ringed by the Apennine mountains which form a spine running the length of central Italy, L’Aquila is the capital of the Abruzzo region, with 80,000 inhabitants.
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News Roundup – Monday, 6 April, until 3 PM
STA – Slovenska Tiskovna Agencija – ?1 hour ago?
LJUBLJANA – Slovenia on Monday offered to send a search team to Italy to help in the rescue and recovery efforts following the deadly earthquake that struck …

And so did Greece And somebody else, too

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Dazed Survivors Hunt For Kin In Italian Quake Town
`Those in there are dead for sure`, one fireman said before moving on to another crumbling house nearby, Vicentini said.

Desperate for help in digging out his 60-year-old mother from under a heap of mangled metal and concrete, Tancredi Vicentini ran after local firemen down a rubble-strewn street in L’Aquila pleading for help.

A few firemen clambered up on top of the rubble and began picking up pieces with their hands, but the digging ended as abruptly as it started.

Those in there are dead for sure,  one fireman said before moving on to another crumbling house nearby, Vicentini said.

They left saying they had worse things to attend to,  said the 33-year-old, one of several locals left staring helplessly at the little left of their houses and relatives trapped inside.
They said they needed bulldozers, and it would have been dangerous to dig in these conditions.

Vicentini himself is lucky to be alive. When the 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit L’Aquila just after 3:32 am (0132 GMT), he and his girlfriend escaped from their once pretty cream-coloured house by jumping out of the window.

They tried to reach his mother sleeping in a nearby room, but falling pieces of the apartment above blocked their way.

It all happened so quickly, there was so much dust in the air and you could barely breathe or see anything,  he said, his trousers marked with bloodstains and his hands bruised.

Earlier in the morning, with firemen and police rushing to free students trapped inside a university residence and others buried under the rubble of large buildings, some residents used ladders to peek into the windows of tiny houses in narrow streets where the elderly or children may have been trapped.

Near the town square, a handful of police and firemen spent an anguished half hour trying to discover whether the plaintive cries of what appeared to be a baby came from a yellow building showing a giant crack, or from an adjacent set of houses.

The cries were eventually traced to a trapped woman and firemen were hoisted in to rescue her.

A few blocks away on a street strewn with fallen brick, glass and shards of metal, 32-year old Marina Costantini huddled under blankets with relatives as firemen climbed into a house searching for her aunt trapped inside.

I don’t think there’s any hope for her now, she didn’t come out when we all did and we haven’t seen or heard from her since,  Costantini said, recounting how parts of her bedroom ceiling collapsed as she frantically rushed out after the quake.

Further down the road, Camillo Berardi watched as firemen and police painstakingly sifted through pieces of a four-storey building that had been reduced to rubble, with its red roof sloping down over the heap at an angle.

Berardi had come down to look for help after running up to his father’s house to find the interiors had caved in and no sign of his father anywhere.

My father is surely dead,  he said.

Another woman watching rescuers wailed that her sister was inside the ruins of the collapsed building, her cries growing louder when the sole survivor pulled out feet-first from the rubble was not her sister.

As repeated aftershocks hampered firefighters’ efforts, she cried out:  Enough, God  Enough  Enough of these earthquakes

http://www.javno.com/en-world/dazed-survivors-hunt-for-kin-in-italian-quake-town_249038

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EARTHQUAKE
Quake Rocks Australia`s 2nd Biggest City Melbourne
Geoscience Australia said the tremor`s epicentre was about 90 km (56 miles) southeast of Melbourne.
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Published: March 06, 2009 14:25h
A 4.6 magnitude earthquake rocked parts of Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne, on Friday, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

Geoscience Australia said the tremor’s epicentre was about 90 km (56 miles) southeast of Melbourne.

It was certainly a moderate earthquake that was likely to be felt across a wide area but is unlikely to have caused any damage, except possibly some minor damage near the epicentre,  Geoscience seismologist Phil Cummins told local media.

Victorian State Emergency Service (SES) said there had been no reports of damage or injuries.  It was certainly enough to rattle windows and we’ve had reports it was felt in metropolitan Melbourne,  said SES spokesman Allen Briggs.

Earthquakes of such magnitude are rare in Australia due to its ancient geology and being south of the Pacific’s  Ring of Fire  earthquake zone.

In 1989, a 5.6 quake hit the Australian coal port of Newcastle on the east coast, killing 13 people and injuring more than 160 people.

http://www.javno.com/en-world/quake-rocks-australias-2nd-biggest-city-melbourne_240442

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A powerful earthquake struck a swathe of central Italy as residents slept on Monday morning, killing more than 90 people and flattening whole towns.

At least 50,000 people have been made homeless, officials said.

Reuters-.–.-Most of the dead were in L’Aquila, a 13th-century mountain city about 100 km (60 miles) east of Rome, and surrounding towns and villages in the Abruzzo region.

Some towns in the area have been virtually destroyed in their entirety,  Gianfranco Fini, speaker of the lower house of parliament, said as MPs observed a moment of silence.

Ansa news agency, quoting rescue workers, said the death toll had reached 92 nearly 12 hours after the quake struck.

National Civil Protection head Guido Bertolaso confirmed that more than 70 people were dead but said official figures would not be updated before families were informed.

Most of the dead were in L’Aquila, a 13th-century mountain city about 100 km (60 miles) east of Rome, and surrounding towns and villages in the Abruzzo region.

Civil Protection Department officials said up to 50,000 people may have been made homeless in some 26 cities and towns. More than 1,500 people were injured and thousands of houses, churches and buildings collapsed or were damaged.

I woke up hearing what sounded like a bomb,  said L’Aquila resident Angela Palumbo, 87.

We managed to escape with things falling all around us. Everything was shaking, furniture falling. I don’t remember ever seeing anything like this in my life.

Rubble was strewn throughout the city of 68,000 people and nearby towns, blocking roads and hampering rescue teams. Old women wailed and residents armed with nothing but bare hands helped firefighters and rescue workers tear through the rubble.

In the small town of Onna, 10 people were killed, said a Reuters photographer who saw a mother and her infant daughter carried away in the same coffin. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi cancelled a trip to Moscow and declared a national emergency, which would free up funds for aid and rebuilding. Pope Benedict said he was saying a special prayer for the victims.
Older houses and buildings made of stone, particularly in outlying villages that have not seen much restoration, collapsed like straw houses.

Hospitals appealed for help from doctors and nurses throughout Italy. The smell of gas filled some parts of the mountain towns and villages as mains ruptured.

Berlusconi told reporters in L’Aquila that tent cities and field hospitals would be set up there and hotels on the Adriatic coast would be requisitioned to shelter the homeless.

Residents of Rome, which is rarely hit by seismic activity, were woken by the quake, which rattled furniture and swayed lights in most of central Italy. It struck shortly after 3:30 a.m. (0130 GMT) and registered between 5.8 and 6.3 magnitude.

MY FATHER IS SURELY DEAD

When the quake hit, I rushed out to my father’s house and opened the main door and everything had collapsed. My father is surely dead. I called for help but no one was around,  said Camillo Berardi in L’Aquila.

A resident standing by an apartment block that was reduced to the height of an adult said:  This building was four storeys high.

In another part of the city, residents tried to hush the wailing of grief to try to pinpoint the sound of a crying baby.

Reuters-.–.-Part of a university residence and a hotel collapsed in L’Aquila and at least one person was still trapped.

At least four Romanesque and Renaissance churches and a 16th century castle were damaged, the Culture Ministry said.

Part of the nave of the Basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio, one of the area’s most famous churches, collapsed. To the north, the belltower of the lavish Renaissance Basilica of San Bernardino also crumbled.

Bridges and highways in the mountainous area were closed as a precaution.

Weeks before the disaster, an Italian scientist had predicted a major quake around L’Aquila, based on concentrations of radon gas around seismically active areas.

Seismologist Gioacchino Giuliani was reported to police for  spreading alarm  and was forced to remove his findings from the Internet.

Civil Protection reassured locals at the end of March that tremors being felt were  absolutely normal  for a seismic area.
The quake was the latest and strongest in a series to hit the L’Aquila area on Sunday and Monday.

Earthquakes can be particularly dangerous in parts of Italy because so many buildings are centuries-old. About 2,700 people died in an earthquake in the south in 1980.

Watch the VIDEO and take a look at the attached PHOTO GALLERY 1 and PHOTO GALLERY 2.

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The earthquake in central Italy on Monday has badly damaged several historic churches and other heritage sites, the Culture Ministry said.

At least four Romanesque and Renaissance churches and a 16th century castle were partially destroyed by the quake centred in the medieval city of L’Aquila, the ministry said.

Part of the nave of the Basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio, one of the area’s most famous churches, collapsed.

The church, with a pink-and-white facade combining Romanesque and Gothic architecture, hosted the crowning of Pope Celestine V in 1294 and attracts thousands of pilgrims every year.

To the north, the belltower of the lavish Renaissance Basilica of San Bernardino also crumbled.

The mountain city of L’Aquila has a history of powerful earthquakes, and was almost wiped out by one in 1703.

Monday’s quake, which killed scores of people, was so powerful that its effects were felt in the capital Rome, 100 km (60 miles) to the west.

The city’s superintendent for archaeology said the Baths of Caracalla — the Roman public baths built between AD 212 and 216 and a popular tourist attraction — had suffered some damage.

Watch the VIDEO and take a look at the attached PHOTO GALLERY 1 and PHOTO GALLERY 2.

http://www.javno.com/en-world/photo–italy-quake-damages-heritage-sites_249079

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http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/76ad5e80-22af-11de-9c99-00144feabdc0.html

http://www.kcby.com/news/national/42521747.html

http://www.torontosun.com/news/world/2009/04/06/9024801.html

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2009-04-06 14:28
Quake: Previous worst
(Fact- Box)
(ANSA) – Rome, April 6 – Italy’s worst earthquakes in last 100 years: – October 31, 2002: southern region of Molise, 5.6 magnitude; 27 school children …

2009-04-06 14:36
Quake: 92 deaths
Toll expected to rise
(ANSA) – L’Aquila, April 6 – The death toll from Monday’s earthquake in L’Aquila rose to 92 at 14:30 or 11 hours after the quake, rescuers said. Th …

2009-04-06 15:01
Quake: World sends condolences
Russia and Greece among countries who offer aid
(ANSA) – Rome, April 6 – Condolences and offers of help arrived in Italy Monday from around the world following the L’Aquila earthquake that killed at …

2009-04-06 15:34
Quake: 1, 500 injured, premier says
Tents for 20, 000 people set up amid fears of further quakes
(ANSA) – L’Aquila, April 6 – Premier Silvio Berlusconi said Monday that around 1,500 people were injured in the L’Aquila earthquake that killed at leas …

http://www.ansa.it/site/notizie/awnplus/english/english.html

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2009-04-06 15:01
Quake: World sends condolences
Russia and Greece among countries who offer aid
(ANSA) – Rome, April 6 – Condolences and offers of help arrived in Italy Monday from around the world following the L’Aquila earthquake that killed at least 92 people.

The European Union, the United States, Russia, Germany, France, Greece, Israel, Poland and Afghanistan were among countries who immediately contacted the Italian government following the tragedy.

United States President Barack Obama sent his condolences to the families hit by the quake as he arrived for an official visit in Turkey, while Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said he was ”deeply shocked” by the news of the quake and offered to send aid.

The European Commission said it was ready to send assistance immediately if requested by Italy.

An EC spokesperson said the European Civil Protection Department’s Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) was ready to provide tents and support for those who lost their homes in the disaster, while Italy may be eligible for emergency aid from the European Solidarity Fund, available in the event of emergencies when damage is greater than three billion euros or 0.6% of GDP. Polish Premier Donald Tusk said the Polish people were ”united in sorrow” with the families of the victims as well as those who had lost their homes in the quake.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he was ”profoundly saddened” by the tragedy.

Turkey’s equivalent of the Red Cross, the Red Crescent, also said it was available to send humanitarian aid to the stricken area.
Agostino Miozzo, director of Italy’s civil protection department, said for the moment Italy did ”not need help from other countries”.

Embassies were meanwhile checking if any foreign nationals were involved in the quake.

http://www.ansa.it/site/notizie/awnplus/english/news/2009-04-06_106340169.html

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2009-04-06 15:34
Quake: 1, 500 injured, premier says
Tents for 20, 000 people set up amid fears of further quakes
(ANSA) – L’Aquila, April 6 – Premier Silvio Berlusconi said Monday that around 1,500 people were injured in the L’Aquila earthquake that killed at least 92.

”At the moment 4,000 rescuers are at work and concentrating on extracting people from the rubble,” said Berlusconi, who cancelled a trip to Moscow to travel to L’Aquila where he surveyed the damage from a helicopter.

The premier said a camp with 2,000 tents, each capable of housing 8-10 people, was currently being set up in the city for those who had lost their homes in the disaster, while around 4,000 beds in hotels in the area had also been reserved for survivors.

”The camp should be ready be tonight,” Berlusconi told journalists at a press conference, during which another small quake was felt.

”The fundamental thing I want to say is that nobody will be left alone,” he said.

The premier appealed to survivors not to remain in damaged houses.

”Nobody can tell if there will be further quakes in the next few hours or days,” he said.

Photo: Berlusconi.

http://www.ansa.it/site/notizie/awnplus/english/news/2009-04-06_106340835.html

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11.11 EDT am – on CNN (34) on scene report which stated that the new buildings that collapsed shouldn’t have collapsed and were not up to code (that will have to be looked into.)

My note – it shouldn’t have happened. Those buildings shouldn’t have been built that way.
See notes – handwritten.

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http://www.cnn.com/feedback/forms/form5.html?92
form for comment on CNN newsroom

and the IReport page allows posting videos also – they are asking for them from the earthquake zone and may have some there already from the area.

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17.00 IL PUNTO: L’ABRUZZO DEVASTATO, MORTI E DISPERSI
Una scossa di  lunga durata  di 5,8 grandi della scala Richter, prodottasi alle 03:32 a 5 chilometri di profondità con epicentro Paganica, ha devastato l’Abruzzo e fatto tremare mezza Italia. Centinaia sono state le scosse di assestamento e il bilancio, in tutta la sua drammaticita’, e’ ancora provvisorio: almeno 100 i morti accertati, decine i dispersi, almeno 1.500 feriti, centinaia di case rase al suolo, altrettante gravemente lesionate e almeno 50mila sfollati. Oltre a L’Aquila i paesi pià’ colpiti sono stati Onna, Fossa, Paganica, San Demetrio, Pizzoli, Rocca di Mezzo, Villa Sant’Angelo, San Gregorio, Poggio Picenza, San Pio, Barrile, Ocre, Rovere, Rocca di Cambio, Pianola, Poggio di Roio, Tempera, e Camarda.

GUARDA LA GALLERY

Il presidente del Consiglio, Silvio Berlusconi, ha dichiarato lo stato d’emergenza nazionale, ha annullato la missione a Mosca e si è recato all’Aquila, il cui centro storico è ridotto a un ammasso di macerie, e in elicottero ha fatto una ricognizione sulle zone più colpite dal sisma e successivamente ha tenuto una conferenza stampa.  Gia’ ci sono i soldi per la ricostruzione. Nessuno sara’ lasciato solo , ha detto il premier.

Il capo della Protezione civile, Guido Bertolaso:  E’ la peggiore tragedia del millennio . La rete di soccorso e’ stata attivata in tutta Italia. Gli ospedali sono stati messi in stato di allerta e non soltanto quelli delle regioni limitrofe come il Lazio. La solidarieta’ all’Abruzzo e’ arrivata da tutto il Paese. Squadre di volontari e di tecnici, in stretto coordinamento con le sedi della protezione civile, sono in viaggio.

GUARDA LA GALLERY

Cinque i centri operativi misti organizzati dalla Protezione civile: L’Aquila, San Demetrio, Pizzoli, Rocca di Mezzo e Paganica. Quattromila posti letto in alberghi e campeggi di Pescasseroli sono stati messi a disposizione degli abitanti dell’aquilano. I tre ospedali della provincia di Pescara -con Penne e Popoli- hanno potenziato il personale ai pronto soccorso. Le sale operatorie sono a disposizione. E’ probabile che Popoli diventi l’avamposto dei soccorsi sul versante pescarese. Il Centro Trasfusionale si sta occupando del coordinamento regionale per sangue ed emoderivati. Il ministro dell’Istruzione, Mariastella Gelmini, ha annunciato che le scuole saranno chiuse a oltranza. Intanto all’Aquila vi sono stati alcuni arresti per sciacallaggio. Lo ha riferito il capo della Polizia, Antonio Manganelli.

http://www.affaritaliani.it/cronache/terremoto-abruzzoMORTI060409.html

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http://www.videomap.it/en/video.php?video=z7FfP8DQc38&nome=Rending+images+of+the+earthquake+in+L%26%2339%3BAquila

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by 1994, per capita income was at 76% of Northern Italy’s per capita income, giving Abruzzo the highest per capita GDP of the Mezzogiorno surpassing the growth rate of every other region of Italy. The construction of superhighways from Rome to Teramo (A24) and Rome to Pescara (A25) opened Abruzzo to easy access, state and private investment in the region increased, and Abruzzo attained higher per capita education levels and greater productivity growth than the rest of the Mezzogiorno. As a result, Abruzzo’s industrial sector expanded rapidly, especially in mechanical engineering, transportation equipment and telecommunications.

* Italian lifestyle – pictures from Abruzzo
* Ski resorts in Abruzzo
* Abruzzo travel guide from Wikitravel

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abruzzo

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http://www.regione.abruzzo.it/portale/index.asp

http://www.repubblica.it/

Diretta –  CRONACA

Il terremoto sconvolge l’Abruzzo
Crolli all’Aquila, 20 morti e 40 dispersi
Il sisma, di magnitudo 6,3 Richter, ha colpito la zona intorno al capoluogo abruzzese. L’epicentro a 95 chilometri da Roma. La Protezione civile conferma: decine di morti nei paesi. Lesionati anche edifici in cemento armato. All’Aquila crolla una parte della casa dello studente. Convocato il comitato operativo della protezione civile. Bertolaso:  La peggiore tragedia dall’inzio del millennio . Sarà dichiarato lo stato d’emergenza. La scossa avvertita con forza a Roma

08:43 Berlusconi firma lo stato d’emergenza

Il premier Silvio Berlusconi ha firmato il decreto che stabilisce lo  stato d’emergenza . Berlusconi sta valutando se rinviare il viaggio in Russia davanti alla drammaticità della situazione in Abruzzo
08:21 Le vittime sono salite a 20

Aumenta il numero delle vittime della scossa di terremoto che ha colpito L’Aquila e le zone limitrofe. Ora i corpi estratti sono 20.

http://www.repubblica.it/2009/04/dirette/sezioni/cronaca/terremoto-nord/terremoto-centro/index.html

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RES Project – Rete Europea per l’Educazione Scientifica
Il progetto RES (Rete Europea per l’Educazione Scientifica) si pone come obiettivo la promozione della cooperazione europea tra insegnanti, studenti e ricercatori su un uso efficace delle Tecnologie dell’informazione e della Comunicazione (ICT) per migliorare l’insegnamento, l’orientamento e l’apprendimento delle discipline scientifiche.

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Research and teaching in the University Physics Department benefit from its associations with the underground nuclear physics laboratory in the Gran Sasso. There in the 1980s the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare built beside the motorway tunnel through the Gran Sasso laboratories, where, protected by 1400 metres of rock, research in astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear physics and geophysics is carried

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_L’Aquila
University of L’Aquila

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http://www.lngs.infn.it/

http://www.lngs.infn.it/lngs_infn/index.htm?mainRecord=http://www.lngs.infn.it/lngs_infn/contents/lngs_en/public/about/

National Institute of Nuclear Physics

Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare-Laboratori nazionali del Gran Sasso – INFN-Lngs

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Hotel San Michele – L’Aquila

http://www.stmichelehotel.it/eng/citta.html

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Avezzano is a town and comune in the Abruzzo region, province of L’Aquila. It is the main commercial, industrial and agricultural centre of the Marsica area, with high-tech industries such as a large Micron Technology semi-conductor plant, and a Telespazio satellite groundstation.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avezzano

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UnionCamere Abruzzo – Trail Osservatorio Regionale Trasporti
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L’infrastruttura che rientra nella Direzione Generale della Società Telespazio di Roma è gestita dal Centro Spaziale del Fucino “Piero Fanti”. …
http://www.trail.abruzzo.it/scheda_infrastruttura.php?id_infrastruttura=69&tipologia=&provincia=2 – 29k – Cached – Similar pages

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Locations

In 2007, Thales Alenia Space had 7200 employees in 13 industrial sites located in five countries (France, Italy, Spain, Belgium and USA):

* Cannes, France, hosting also the headquarters in the Cannes Mandelieu Space Center
* L’Aquila, Italy
* Colombes, France
* Florence, Italy
* Milan, Italy
* Rome (Saccomuro), Italy
* Rome (Tiburtina), Italy
* Turin, Italy
* Toulouse, France
* Hoboken, Belgium
* Charleroi, Belgium
* Madrid(Tres Cantos), Spain
* Cupertino, California

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcatel_Alenia_Space

Co-directional Ka-band frequency sharing between Non-GSO satellite networks and GSO satellite networks
F. Ghazvinian, M.A. Sturza, Teledesic Corporation

WAVES JOCOS: an interference friendly satellite communication system
M. Lopriore, L. Bella, ESA/ESTEC

Thursday, October 12, 1995

Plant visit sponsored by Italian Organizations

09:00 Pick up in front of the Ministero Poste e Telecomunicazioni (Meeting site)
10:00 Arrive at via Salaria, Alenia Spazio’s Integration Centre to see Italsat F2 S/C
11:00 Leave via Salaria
12:30 Arrive at Telespazio’s Fucino Station; lunch, courtesy of Telespazio
13:30 Visit Fucino installations
14:30 Leave for Alenia Spazio’s L’Aquila Plant
15:00 Visit L’Aquila Plant
16:00 Leave L’Aquila
17:30 Arrive at Ministero Poste e Telecomu-mcazioni (Meeting site)

Return to Home Page

http://www.kaconf.org/kaconf/1995.htm

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http://www.telespazio.it/pdf/Scheda_Fucino_eng_0607.pdf

Fucino Space Center – L’Aquila, Italy

The COSMO-SkyMed Control Centre is hosted at Fucino,
where also one of the two Galileo Control Centres
is being built, integrating both Mission and Orbital
Control segments. The Galileo Control Centre
will be operated by Telespazio.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Total area 370.000 sq.m
Covered area 19.000 sq.m
Antennas 90
Control Rooms 14
Employees 256

Telespazio S.p.A. – via Tiburtina, 965 00156 Rome – Italy
phone +39 06 40791 http://www.telespazio.com

Telespazio Fucino “Piero Fanti” Space Centre
Comune di Ortucchio 65051 Avezzano (AQ) – Italy
phone +39 0863 5501

http://www.telespazio.it/pdf/Scheda_Fucino_eng_0607.pdf

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10,000 buildings damaged in L’Aquila, 30 dead – 6.06 EDTam – on Bloomberg TV / Cable

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http://www.telespazio.it/

http://www.telespazio.it/howtofind.html

L’Aquila –

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Travelling and Accomodation

The workshop will be held at the Telespazio Fucino Space Center (Avezzano, Italy),  and at the nearby  Scuola Superiore Reiss Romoli  from 15 to 17 October 2007.
The meeting will open on Monday October 15th late in the morning in order to leave time enough for participants to reach the Telespazio Fucino Space Center (about 100 km from Roma).
At the end of the afternoon session, transfer to the  Scuola Superiore Reiss Romoli  (SSGRR) will be organized, where most of the accommodation for the participants is provided and where the workshop follow-on is held.
The SSGRR accommodation fee is of 22 euros per night (single room) and 84 euros per night (double room), including breakfast, buffet lunch, coffee breaks and dinner.
There is a large (but still limited) number of rooms available at SSGRR, therefore we suggest to reserve as soon as possible.
For reservations, general logistics information and any other need please get in touch directly with the HOLITOUR travel agency either by mail (holitour.btu@tin.it) or by phone (+39 06 4814584).

Raching the Fucino Space Station

The Fucino site is located some 30 km from the town of Avezzano, inside the Fucino Plateau (formerly a lake). Thus the best way to get to the Telespazio Station is by car (see the instructions below).
A Bus leaving from Rome on Monday 15 morning at 9:00 from the Telespazio HQ in Rome (Via Tiburtina 965, in front of the Rebibbia Metro B station) will be available for the participants. It will also serve for going back to Roma on Wednesday 17 afternoon. Those who wish to use this means of transportation, need to specify it in the registration form.
Transfer to the Scuola Superiore Reiss Romoli will also be organized by bus.

For those coming by car, take the motorway A24 (Roma-L’Aquila) and exit at  Aielli-Celano  or  Avezzano .

Then follow the instructions below:

1) Exit Aielli-Celano: turn right and continue straight on (Tiburtina Valeria). After approximately 8-9 km you will find a road indication: Telespazio, then turn right. After that you will find a STOP signal, then turn right. Follow the road and never change direction. To the right, after a curve, a industrial complex can be seen: always continue without changing direction. In correspondence of a road junction you must always continue straight, taking a road that crosses the Fucino plain (the speed limit is 50 Km/hs) for around 4-5 Km. At the end of the road there is a STOP signal: continue straight and, once you get over an old bridge, immediately turn left on Cintarella street. Continue always along this road and at the end of it Telespazio is seen.

2) Exit Avezzano: take Sora direction, and go towards Avezzano downtown. From Via Roma (in the center of Avezzano)
[see map – funcino and logo SIMCA]

http://spaceman.telespazio.com/Travelling.html

IRIDIUM ITALIA
satellite technology, control and manufacture, radar telemetry equipment and keeping track of orbital satellites through large array radar tech, receiving and relaying transmissions, etc.

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Iridium Italia and Iridium Communication Germany (ICG) manage the European Gateway of the Iridium system, located at the Fucino Space Centre (L’Aquila).

http://www.doi.gov.mt/EN/press_releases/1999/02/pr127.asp

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[There’s a lake up there too, near the epicenter with ski resorts and small towns throughout the area. The earthquake likely cut power and fractured walls no matter when the buildings were built because of the way it hit and the shallowness of the quake.]

My note – and there is an awful lot of science, engineering, chemical engineering, and similar things throughout that entire region on top of being a medieval towns sitting across two fault lines. – cricketdiane

a list of some of the things in the area besides skiing –

IV. IRIDIUM ITALIA S.P.A.

IRIDIUM Italia S.p.A., a subsidiary of the Telecom Italia Group, offers IRIDIUM, the first and truly global mobile satellite telecommunications system.

IRIDIUM Italia S.p.A. is the exclusive distributor of Iridium services in Italy and in 18 other European countries: the Republic of Malta, Belgium, Bosnia and Hersegovina, Croatia, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Greece, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, France, Republic of Macedonia, Monaco, Netherlands, San Marino, Slovenia, Switzerland, Vatican City and Yugoslavia.

In Italy Iridium services will be provided by Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM).

Iridium Italia takes part in a world-wide consortium, Iridium LLC, which develops, owns and manages the Iridium system (satellite network, terrestrial gateways, Iridium terminals).

The company is also a shareholder in Iridium SudAmerica Corporation, responsible for providing Iridium services in South America. Iridium Italia is directly responsible for distribution in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Iridium Italia and Iridium Communication Germany (ICG) manage the European Gateway of the Iridium system, located at the Fucino Space Centre (L’Aquila).

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Nanotech 2006 Program – Wednesday May 10
Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show – Nanotech 2006 …… A.R. Phani, V. Grossi, M. Passacantando and S. Santucci, University of L’Aquila, IT …
www.nsti.org/Nanotech2006/wednesday.html – 164k –

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Joint Conferences on Advanced Materials

6th International Workshop on Functional and Nanostructured Materials
10th Conference on Intermolecular and Magnetic Interactions in Matter

The Conference will be held in L’Aquila, Italy, from 27 to 30 September, 2009. The aim of the Conference is to provide an opportunity for a meeting of scientists and technologists working on novel functional and nanostructured materials.

The conference programme will cover experimental investigations, theory and modelling of:

* Photonic and optoelectronic materials
* Magnetic materials and diluted magnetic semiconductors
* Catalytic materials
* Nanoparticle materials and nanolitography
* Nanobiotechnology
* Physics and technology of nanostructured semiconductors and superconductors
* Auxetic materials and models
* Thin and thick films
* Organic, hybrid and composite materials
* Micro/Nano Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS/NEMS): technology and applications
* Physics and technology of carbon nanotubes and carbon-based materials
* Industrial applications of nanotechnology

The Conference is envisaged to include a Round Table Meeting intended to promote cooperation and preparation of cooperative projects, as well as applications for their funding at national and international levels. The meetings will involve industrial partners in directing research towards major practical problems in applications of advanced innovative technologies and facilitating industrial applications of research results.

L’Aquila is a city and comune located in central Italy. Laid out within medieval walls on a hill in the wide valley of the Aterno river and surrounded by the Apennine Mountains, with the Gran Sasso d’Italia to the north-east, it is both the capital of the Abruzzo region and the seat of the province of L’Aquila. Described as  the most handsome city of the Abruzzo  by the Financial Times, L’Aquila sits upon hillside in the middle of a narrow valley, tall snow-capped mountains of the Gran Sasso massif flank the town. A maze of narrow streets lined with baroque or renaissance buildings and churches, opening onto elegant piazzas, home to the University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila is a lively college town and as such has many cultural institutions: a repertory theatre, a symphony orchestra, a fine-arts academy, a state conservatory, and a film institute.

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Google searches

L’Aquila iridium
L’Aquila nanotechnology
L’Aquila chemical engineering
Chemical manufacturing

L’Aquila nuclear

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Inorganica Chimica Acta : Structural characterization of two solid …
… Ingegneria Chimica a Materials, Universita de L Aquila, Va Vetoio, ….. In close analogy to the iridium analog, the RhP4 chromophore is featured by a …
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Thermodynamic stability of yttrium carbide at high temperature
Roio, L’Aquila, Italy. K. A. GINGERICH … charged with yttrium, iridium and carbon powders in … Y2Cn (n = 2-8) [5] mixed yttrium-iridium carbides …
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S. Santucci , A.R. Phani, Department of Physics University of L’Aquila, Via Vetoio, … IRIDIUM AND RHODIUM THIN FILMS AND THE DEPOSITION PARAMETERS. …
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Google search – L’Aquila chemical engineering (or) L’Aquila nanotechnology
one or the other – I don’t know what you’d get if you used both unless the pluses are in the right place,
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October 10 – 12, 1995 – Rome, Italy
Ka-BAND UTILIZATION CONFERENCE acts image

Under the auspices of:

* Agenzia Spaziale Italiana – ASI
* National Aeronautics and Space Administration – NASA
* National Space Development Agency of Japan – NASDA
* Ministero delle Poste e Telecomunicazioni

sponsored by:

* Alenia Spazio
* COMSAT
* Hughes Communications
* Lockheed Martin
* Nuova Telespazio
* Telecom Italia

Program SCOPE

The purpose of the Conference is to Promote the use of Ka band satellite systems. Initial acceptance of Ka band systems by international and regional operators has been limited by several factors, primarily:

1) significant propagation impairments in rainy weather,
2) the added complexity of the adaptive rain fade countermeasures needed to avoid unacceptably
high link margins for high availability services and
3) the higher costs and the risks associated with unproved technologies.

Throughout the 1980’s, with the exception of Japan’s domestic spacecraft, no operational application of commercial Ka-band satellite systems emerged. However, in the early 1990’s pilot and pre-operational Ka-band systems – such as ETS, ITALSAT and ACTS – were built, launched and are providing important results in terms of propagation data acquisition, technology development and communications payload performance. Experience gained from these systems has increased confidence in the use of Ka-band satellite technologies, and today, the market appears to favor exploitation of Ka-band satellite communications technology.

The Conference, organized by Istituto Internazionale delle Comunicazioni (IIC), is planned for October 10, 11, 12, 1995 in Rome, Italy, for the purpose of disseminating information on the performance of existing Ka-band systems, presenting planned global fixed and mobile systems that will employ Ka-band and addressing regulatory issues, like world wide coordination, on the use of Ka-band. Two days are dedicated to technical presentations followed by a day dedicated to plant visits sponsored by Italian Industry and featuring satellite manufacturing facilities and ground installations.
The technical presentations will be given by invited speakers involved in the on-going operations of the Ka-band systems, by experts in the field of spectrum regulations and by representatives of the companies that have announced future Ka-band systems.
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ORGANIZATION

Dr. Franco Bertoldi
UC-Istituto international delle Comunicazioni

Phone +39 10 2722383
Fax +39 10 2722183
E-mail: info@iicgenova.it

CONTACT POINTS:

ITALY/EUROPE
Prof. Francesco Valdoni
Univ. Tor Vergata Roma
Phone + 39 6 72594465
Fax + 39 6 2020519

Dr. Franco Marconicchio
Agenzia Spaziale Italiana
Phone + 39 6 8567366
Fax + 39 6 8567282

USA/THE AMERICAS

Mr. Richard T. Gedney
NASA
Phone +1 216 4333552
Fax +1 216 4336371

Mr. Frank Gargione
Lockheed Martin
Phone +1 609 4902337
Fax +1 609 4902444

JAPAN/EASTERN COUNTRIES

Mr. Shuichi Miura
NASDA
Phone +81 3540 18611
Fax +81 4232 76695

Dr. Takashi lida
Communications Research Lab
Phone +81 4232 77470
Fax +81 3540 18672

STEERING COMMITTEE

F. Valdoni (chairman) IIC e Univ. Tor Vergata Roma
F. Bertoldi IIC
F. Gargione Lockheed Martin
F. Marconicchio Agenzia Spaziale Italiana
S. Tiberio Istituto Superiore PT
C. Cenami (Secretary) Agenzia Spaziale Italiana

TECHNICAL PROGRAM COMMITTEE

F. Gargione (Chairman) Lockheed Martin
R.T. Gedney (Co-Chairman) NASA
F. Marconicchio (Co-chairman) Agenzia Spaziale Italiana
S. Miura (Co-Chairman) NASDA
F. Ananasso Nuova Telespazio
E. Ashford European Space Agency
F. Davarian Jet Propulsion Laboratory
P. De Santis INTELSAT
T. Griffin Teledesic
T. Iida Communications Research Lab
C. Mastracci Alenia Spazio
D. Meadows COMSAT
D. Olmstead Hughes
A. Paraboni CNR/CSTS

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PROGRAM

Tuesday, October 10, 1995

08:00 – Registration of the participants

09:00 – OPENING SESSION

Addresses:
F. Valdoni, Chairman of Steering Committee
F. Gargione, Chairman of Technical Committee

Remarks:
Satellite Communications – New orbits and new frequency bands
F. Carassa, Politecnico di Milano

09.30 – SESSION I – EXISTING Ka SYSTEMS

1.1 – EXISTING SA TELLITES AND GROUND SEGMENTS PRESENTATION
Chairman: F. Marconicchio, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana

ITALSAT, the first Ka band regenerative SSTDMA satellite system
F. Marconicchio, C. Portelli, Agenzia,@paziale Italiana;
G. Morelli, A lenia Spazio;
F. Valdoni, Universitý di Roma Tor Vergata

The ITALSAT payload
A. Sbardellati, F. Carducci, Alenia Spazio

10:30 – 11:00 – Coffee break

The ACTS system
F. Gargione, Lockheed Martin Astro Space

Ka-band terminals for communications satellite in Italy: status and perspectives
M. Donati, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana;
A. Saitto, Alenia Marconi Communications

The ACTS Master Ground Station – Review of system design and operational performance
S.J. Struharik, D.N. Meadows, COMSAT Laboratories

12:30 – 14:00 – Lunch break

1.2 – PROPAGATION EXPERIENCES WITH EXISTING SYSTEMS
Chairman: S. Miura, NASDA

The radiowaves propagation in Ka bands and beyond in earth-space links
A. Paraboni, C. Riva, Politecnico di Milano

Ka-band propagation measurements using ACTS
F. Davarian, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Ka-band rain attenuation prediction – A new challenge in modeling communication link performance
R.M. Manning, NASA

16:00 – 16:30 – Coffee break

1.3 – SERVICES AND EXPERIENCES WITH KA BAND EXISTING SYSTEM
Chairman: T. Iida, Communications Research Lab.

Operational experience with the ITALSAT multibeam system
S. Rossi, A. Gentili, Telecom Italia;
S. Bellaccini, Nuova Telespazio

Results from ACTS development and on-orbit operations
R.T. Gedney, Advanced Communications

Ka band utilization with Olympus and ITALSAT
C.D. Hughes, ESA; A. Marzoli, Nuova Telespazio

Ka-band utilization in Japan
H. Kitahara, S. Miura, NASDA

20:00 – Banquet at Villa Brancaccio

Wednesday, October 11, 1995

08:30 – SESSION 2 – NEW SYSTEMS

2.1 – ANNOUNCED SYSTEMS
Chairman – R.T. Gedney, NASA

IRIDIUM system overview
K.J. Engle, Motorola

SPACEWAY providing affordable and versatile telecommunication solutions
E.J. Fitzpatrick, Hughes Communications

Teledesic satellite system overview
M.A. Sturza, F. Ghazvinian, Teledesic Corporation

CYBERSTAR
E. Schmidt, K. Barker, Space Systems, LORAL

Global, high data rate Ka-band satellite communications NASA’s tracking and data relay satellite system
A.B. Comberiate, J. Deskevich, D.H. Glenn, D. Zilling, NASA
K.H. Chambers, W. Horne, Stanford Telecommunications

10:30 -11:00 – Coffee break

2.2 – FUTURE SYSTEMS
Chairman: C. Hughes, ESA

Research and development of high data rate satellite communications system in Ka-band N. Kadowaki, T. Ikegami, T. Iida, Communications Research Laboratory

A satellite system for multimedia personal communications at Ka-band and beyond
G. Lo Squadro, Alenia Spazio
F. Vatalaro, Universitý di Roma Tor Vergata;

The role of satellites in trans European information networks
F. Rispoli, Alenia Spazio, H.H. Fromm, ESA and CEU

13:00- 14:30 – Lunch break

14.30 – SESSION 3 – REGULATORY ISSUES
Chairman: P. De Santis, Intelsat
Ka-band spectrum sharing between satellite and terrestrial systems
E.L. Elizondo. Lockheed Martin

Co-frequency sharing between Ka band GEO/FSS networks and non-GEO feeder links for MSS operating in the 1-3 Ghz frequency bands
K.J. Engle, Motorola

Importance of Ka-band applications in future INTELSAT services
J. Albuquerque, S. McNeil, INTELSAT

16:00 – 16:30 – Coffee break

Co-directional Ka-band frequency sharing between Non-GSO satellite networks and GSO satellite networks
F. Ghazvinian, M.A. Sturza, Teledesic Corporation

WAVES JOCOS: an interference friendly satellite communication system
M. Lopriore, L. Bella, ESA/ESTEC

Thursday, October 12, 1995

Plant visit sponsored by Italian Organizations

09:00 Pick up in front of the Ministero Poste e Telecomunicazioni (Meeting site)
10:00 Arrive at via Salaria, Alenia Spazio’s Integration Centre to see Italsat F2 S/C
11:00 Leave via Salaria
12:30 Arrive at Telespazio’s Fucino Station; lunch, courtesy of Telespazio
13:30 Visit Fucino installations
14:30 Leave for Alenia Spazio’s L’Aquila Plant
15:00 Visit L’Aquila Plant
16:00 Leave L’Aquila
17:30 Arrive at Ministero Poste e Telecomu-mcazioni (Meeting site)

Return to Home Page

http://www.kaconf.org/kaconf/1995.htm

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Google search – L’Aquila Plant

Thales Alenia Space
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
(Redirected from Alcatel Alenia Space)

Thales Alenia Space
Type     Private
Founded     April 10, 2007
Headquarters     Cannes, France
Key people     Reynald Seznec[1], President and CEO
Industry     Aerospace
Operating income     1.8 billions euros (2004)
Employees     7,200 (Nov. 2006)
Parent     Thales Group & Finmeccanica
Website     http://www.thalesonline.com/space/index.html

Thales Alenia Space is the company born[2] after Thales had bought the participation of Alcatel in the two joint-ventures between Alcatel and Finmeccanica, Alcatel Alenia Space and Telespazio[3].
Contents

* 1 History
* 2 Locations
* 3 Executive Board
* 4 References
* 5 See also
* 6 External links

History

Alcatel Alenia Space was established on 2005-06-01 by the merger of Alcatel Space and Alenia Spazio and was owned by Alcatel-Lucent (67%) and Finmeccanica (33%). The company was Europe’s largest satellite manufacturer. It built large scientific modules for the International Space Station, notably the Multi-Purpose Logistics Modules and Columbus.

The creation of the company was concurrent with the creation of Telespazio Holding. This too was a merger of Finmeccanica and Alcatel businesses (Telespazio and Alcatel’s Space Services and Operations respectively).

On 2006-04-05 Alcatel agreed to sell its share of Alcatel Alenia Space (and its 33% share of Telespazio) to Thales Group[4].

The European Union agreed in this financial operation on April 10, 2007.

Locations

In 2007, Thales Alenia Space had 7200 employees in 13 industrial sites located in five countries (France, Italy, Spain, Belgium and USA):

* Cannes, France, hosting also the headquarters in the Cannes Mandelieu Space Center
* L’Aquila, Italy
* Colombes, France
* Florence, Italy
* Milan, Italy
* Rome (Saccomuro), Italy
* Rome (Tiburtina), Italy
* Turin, Italy
* Toulouse, France
* Hoboken, Belgium
* Charleroi, Belgium
* Madrid(Tres Cantos), Spain
* Cupertino, California

Executive Board

Current CEO is Reynald Seznec since June 2008, replacing Pascale Sourisse.

References

1. ^ Sourisse Takes New Position At Thales, April 17, 2008 http://www.satellitetoday.com
2. ^ Thales Alenia Space Press release
3. ^ Alcatel-Finmeccanica agreement
4. ^ Alcatel-Thales agreement

See also

* Cannes Mandelieu Space Center

External links

* Thales Alenia Space Official Website

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And an extensive list of the kinds of research projects, types of equipment, facilities and possible contaminants in the area that must be checked for integrity, and secured – can be found here –

http://cordis.europa.eu/italy/rd_abruzzo2.htm

63 – Lab. UNIVERSITA’ DEGLI STUDI G. D’ANNUNZIO CHIETI – Dipartimento Scienze Odontostomatologiche – Quarto laboratorio Materiali Dentari di UNIVERSITA’ DEGLI STUDI DI CHIETI G. D’ANNUNZIO
Via dei Vestini, 31 – Campus Universitario
66013 – CHIETI – CH

ISTAT Codes and Description of Sector:
Physical-mechanical analyses of materials
Ultra-microscopic analyses of materials

Initial Contact
Tel. 0871-3554068
Fax. 0871-3554072
Email: defazio@unich.it
Website: http://www.unich.it

61 – Lab. UNIVERSITA’ DEGLI STUDI G. D’ANNUNZIO CHIETI – Dipartimento Scienze del Farmaco – Terzo laboratorio Chimica Organica di UNIVERSITA’ DEGLI STUDI DI CHIETI G. D’ANNUNZIO
Via dei Vestini, 31 – Campus Universitario
66013 – CHIETI – CH

ISTAT Codes and Description of Sector:
Synthesis of organic compounds
Determination of chemical-physical properties
Spectroscopic analyses and chromatographic separation

Initial Contact
Tel. 0871-3555212
Fax. 0871-3555267
Email: bettoni@unich.it
Website: http://www.unich.it

59 – Lab. UNIVERSITA’ DEGLI STUDI G. D’ANNUNZIO CHIETI – Dipartimento Scienze del Farmaco – Primo laboratorio Chimica Farmaceutica di UNIVERSITA’ DEGLI STUDI DI CHIETI G. D’ANNUNZIO
Via dei Vestini, 31 – Campus Universitario
66013 – CHIETI – CH

ISTAT Codes and Description of Sector:
Development of new medicines
Analysis of medicines and pharmaceutical formulations
Study of the relations between chemical structure and biological activity

Initial Contact
Tel. 0871-3555212
Fax. 0871-3555267
Email: bettoni@unich.it
Website: http://www.unich.it

48 – Lab. UNIVERSITA’ DEGLI STUDI DELL’AQUILA – Dipartimento ingegneria elettrica Laboratorio di antenne e circuiti a microonde di UNIVERSITA’ DEGLI STUDI DELL’AQUILA
Piazza Vincenzo Rivera, 1
67100 – L’AQUILA – AQ

ISTAT Codes and Description of Sector:
Analysis and design of microstrip, wire and reflector antennae
Analysis of electromagnetic propagation in complex environments
Propagation and characterisation of active and passive microwave circuits

Initial Contact
Tel. 0862-434410
Fax. 0862434403
Email: nucc@ing.univaq.it

And those are only a small sample – Ironically, besides nuclear physics – this is also studied there (along with the equipment to do so which probably is sitting there somewhere right now) –

46 – Lab. UNIVERSITA’ DEGLI STUDI DELL’AQUILA – Dipartimento ingegneria delle strutture, acque e terreno Laboratorio prove materiali e strutture di UNIVERSITA’ DEGLI STUDI DELL’AQUILA
Piazza Vincenzo Rivera, 1
67100 – L’AQUILA – AQ

ISTAT Codes and Description of Sector:
Tests on building materials as provided for by Law 1086
Adjustment of equipment for tests on materials
Structural static-load tests

Initial Contact
Tel. 0862-434533
Fax. 0862-434532
Email: giammatt@ing.univaq.it

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And if that wasn’t enough to worry about but – yea there’s more – from somewhere else that needs some attention and close scrutiny . . .

Russian oil pipeline to reach Chinese border within weeks: Putin
www.chinaview.cn 2009-04-06 17:56:44

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin presents a government report to the State Duma, lower house of parliament, in Moscow, Russia, April 6, 2009. The Russian state oil pipeline Transneft will finish the laying of the East Siberia-Pacific Ocean (ESPO) oil pipeline to the Chinese border within weeks, said Putin in the report. (Xinhua/Lu Jinbo)
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MOSCOW, April 6 (Xinhua) — The Russian state oil pipeline Transneft will finish the laying of the East Siberia-Pacific Ocean(ESPO) oil pipeline to the Chinese border within weeks, said Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin Monday when presenting to the State Duma, lower house of parliament, a government report.

In just a few weeks, the phase during which the pipeline will reach the Chinese border will be over and we will go further to the Pacific Ocean,  the Interfax news agency quoted Putin as saying.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin presents a government report to the State Duma, lower house of parliament, in Moscow, Russia, April 6, 2009. The Russian state oil pipeline Transneft will finish the laying of the East Siberia-Pacific Ocean (ESPO) oil pipeline to the Chinese border within weeks, said Putin in the report. (Xinhua/Lu Jinbo)

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin presents a government report to the State Duma, lower house of parliament, in Moscow, Russia, April 6, 2009. The Russian state oil pipeline Transneft will finish the laying of the East Siberia-Pacific Ocean (ESPO) oil pipeline to the Chinese border within weeks, said Putin in the report. (Xinhua/Lu Jinbo)
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Russia and China signed an intergovernmental agreement on the construction of an ESPO branch toward China and long-term Russian oil supplies in February.

Transneft’s shares surged more than 12 percent immediately following Putin’s statement, according to Interfax.

Putin also said that excluding Russia from world’s energy decision making is  counterproductive,  apparently referring to the Ukraine-EU declaration on pipeline modernization.

Attempts to exclude Russia from the global decision making process, moreover in the energy sphere, and disregard to its lawful interests are counterproductive,  the Interfax quoted him as saying.

We are certain that new energy transportation routes developed by Russia, such as Nord Stream, South Stream, the Caspian Gas Pipeline and the Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline are economically feasible,  he said, adding that Russia  will continue to implement them.

When evaluating the ongoing global financial turmoil and economic downturn, Putin said that Russian economy does not differ in principle from world tendencies, and the economy is in rather  good shape  facing the crisis.

The deflation of ruble’s exchange rate has been  smooth,  and the threat of the banking system’s collapse has  receded  due to the measures taken by the Russian authorities, he said.

Speaking of Russia’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2008, Putin said that it grew by 5.6 percent.

The growth of industrial output was 2.1 percent. Agriculture showed a growth exceeding 10 percent. Investments grew by 9.8 percent, and labor productivity by about 5 percent. Real wages grew by 10.3 percent in 2008, and minimal wages were increased by about two-fold,  the Itar-Tass cited the prime minister.

Putin also promised that the government would exert to ensure the budget deficit down to 3 percent of the GDP by 2011.

Admitting that 2009 will be a  very difficult  year, Putin believed that the government’s anti-crisis program and the amended2009 budget reflected its  responsible and highly realistic socioeconomic policy.

Putin also said that Russia will spend 3 trillion rubles (90 billion U.S. dollars) on anti-crisis measures, including 1.4 trillion rubles (42 billion dollars) from the federal budget.

Anti-crisis measures stipulate 1.4 trillion rubles in funds. On the whole, taking into account the effects of tax cuts, Central Bank funds, the National Welfare Fund and other sources to fight the consequences of the crisis and help the economy rebound, a total of 3 trillion rubles has been allocated,  the RIA Novosti news agency quoted the prime minister as saying.

Meanwhile Putin said that Russia may possibly reduce the Central Bank’s interest rate as a result of a lower inflation, which might be downed to 8 percent sooner than in three years.

The overall debt of Russian companies has reduced 174 billion dollars from 500 billions dollars in recent months, said Putin.

Putin also assured the lawmakers that Russia will overcome the crisis with tougher financial discipline and prevention of  groundlessly bloated  budget spending, according to Itar-Tass.

Putin delivered a government annual report for the first time as prime minister starting from Monday noon. The report includes anti-crisis measures drafted by the Cabinet and the main parameters of a new draft budget for 2009.
Editor: Pliny

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-04/06/content_11138916.htm

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