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ROME — A strong earthquake rocked central Italy early Monday, killing at least 13 people, causing buildings to collapse and sending panicked residents into the streets, officials and news reports said. Several people were also reported missing in the area of the quake, which was felt in much of central Italy, including Rome. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude was 6.3, though Italy's National Institute of Geophysics put the magnitude at 5.8. "The situation is very serious because the quake affected buildings," including a student dormitory that collapsed, said Luca Spoletini, spokesman for the national Civil Protection Department.
Originally posted by rattan1
reply to post by pluckynoonez
This is starting to get a bit scary now. I was a bit sceptical about the time wave theory.....but now I have to say that it might be right.
I was thinking about the planet X theory as well....could it be that it is in approach and somehow the gravity of Planet X is having an effect on our planet thus causing a surge in seismic activity....
Normally random network variance. This is average or expected behavior. The index is between 40% and 90%
Slightly increased network variance. Probably chance fluctuation. The index is between 10% and 40%
At least 20 people have been killed in a powerful earthquake that struck central Italy, Italian officials say. Five children are said to be among the dead and at least 30 people remain unaccounted for as a massive search for the trapped is under way.
The 6.3-magnitude quake struck in the early hours close to the medieval city of L'Aquila, 95km (60 miles) from Rome. A civil protection official told the BBC that 3,000 to 10,000 buildings in the city may have been damaged.
Agostino Miozzo said that thousands of people could have been made homeless. Earlier, the mayor of L'Aquila, Massimo Cialente, said some 100,000 people had left their homes.
A RESEARCH team at Taiwan's top university has rolled out a tiny low-budget device that can sense earthquakes within 30 seconds, enough time to issue crucial disaster warnings, the lead inventor said. The metal tool the size of a tape deck can detect an oncoming quake's speed and acceleration in time to estimate its eventual magnitude and warn trains to slow down or natural gas companies to shut off supplies, said Wu Yih-min, a researcher at the National Taiwan University Department of Geosciences. The tool is more precise than similar technology used overseas, and could cost as little as T$10,000 ($420) once it reaches the market, said Mr Wu, whose skeleton research team invented the tool after about five years of study. "We can tell within 30 seconds whether it's going to be a big or small quake," Mr Wu said. "We can sense the scale and how much damage it's likely to cause." The tool, which should be fastened to a place unlikely to be shaken by forces other than earthquakes, uses a chip that costs just a few US dollars, Mr Wu said. Schools, railway systems and nuclear power plants would benefit from the technology, said Kuo Kai-wen, seismological centre director with Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau, which helped the university test its device. But before it can be used, researchers must figure out how to link it to computerised alert systems, Mr Kuo said. The university has not yet applied for a patent, Mr Wu said. Taiwan is prone to earthquakes, logging 20 minor ones in the past three weeks. In May 2008, a 7.9 magnitude quake hit Sichuan province of southwest China, killing about 70,000 people and leaving more than 10 million homeless.