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Well, so much for the Eternal city. On Wednesday, Rome will be razed to the ground by an earthquake that will shatter more than 2,000 years' worth of monumental architecture including the Colosseum, the Pantheon and St Peter's.
That, at least, is the fear of hundreds of thousands of Romans, spooked by the reputed forecast of a self-taught seismologist who died more than 30 years ago. The daily La Repubblica reported that applications from the capital's public employees for a day off – and, presumably, out – were 18% higher than for the same day in 2011. Education officials were said to be expecting school attendances to be down by a fifth as parents decide it is better to be on the safe side.
At least four people have died this afternoon in Lorca (Murcia), following a 5.2-magnitude quake, which was preceded by an earthquake of 4.1. The epicenter was located in the Sierra de Tercia of the town of Murcia. The earthquake was located between five and 10 kilometers northeast of the town, near the highway from Murcia, and felt in several towns in the region, Murcia, Mazarron, Cartagena and Aguilas, and has even made sense in other provinces such as Almeria and Albacete.
The tunnel of the A-7 in the direction of Andalusia has collapsed vehicles. The DGT has called for drivers who are not diverted to the area. In Lorca, there were at least two landslides in two buildings on Calle Galicia and the neighborhood area of Vine and damage to many buildings throughout the municipality. There is one death in the neighborhood of San Cristobal.
The self-proclaimed scientist, who used a mix of seismology and cosmology and claimed to have forecast numerous earthquakes, calculated that a "big one" would hit Rome on May 11, 2011.
Originally posted by kalunom
I can't remember the place now exactly, but in NW Africa there is a volcano that has people worried that if it erupts and a big chunk falls off of it that the resulting tsunami would devastate the eastern United States. Anyone know what I am talking about?