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 As earthquake death toll rises Italy questions why it was so unprepared

Italy is once more facing up to its failure to protect people from seismic disaster, as the toll from the earthquake that flattened three ancient hilltop towns soared and rescuers continued their desperate search for survivors.  After rescue teams using sniffer dogs, bulldozers and their bare hands worked through the night and on through the following day, the national civil protection agency said at least 250 people had died in the 6.2-magnitude quake.  Another 365 were being treated in hospital, it said, while an unknown number remained trapped in the rubble of collapsed and damaged buildings. At least 470 aftershocks have shaken the area since the quake struck…


Italy’s deadly earthquake is the latest in a history of destruction

The Appenines region of central Italy has been struck by a deadly earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2. The quake, which had an epicentre roughly 10km southeast of Norcia, Italy, occurred just over seven years after the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake that killed more than 300 people only 90 kilometres away.  The latest earthquake occurred at 3:36am local time. Buildings have collapsed in nearby Amatrice and residents are reportedly trapped in rubble.  But this earthquake is no surprise, as Italy is prone to earthquakes…


Why Italy Is Prone To Deadly Earthquakes

A Virgin Mary statue stands debris ruins in the Italian central town of Pescara del Tronto, on August 24, 2016 after a powerful earthquake rocked central Italy. (Credit: Marco Zeppetella/AFP/Getty Images)

A Virgin Mary statue stands debris ruins in the Italian central town of Pescara del Tronto, on August 24, 2016 after a powerful earthquake rocked central Italy. (Credit: Marco Zeppetella/AFP/Getty Images)

Central Italy woke early Wednesday morning to a devastating magnitude 6.2 earthquake, which took at least 160 people’s lives and injured at least 268 others. Teams of first responders are digging through rubble across the nearby towns in search of trapped survivors.  Thousands of rescuers spent the night and day searching through rubble, excavating destroyed buildings and evacuating the injured. Many of the small towns reside within hard to reach…


Life on the fault lines: Major earthquakes overdue and ‘no one in the world is safe’, expert says

A SERIES of overdue high magnitude earthquakes is expected to strike at any moment along some of Earth’s major fault lines, an expert says.  UTS Geotechnical and Earthquake Engineering senior lecturer Dr Behzad Fatahi said “no one in the world is safe” from the looming natural disasters of potentially apocalyptic proportions.  “There are a lot of magnitude 6-plus earthquakes overdue in the Middle East, India, China, Japan and the US,” Dr Fatahi told  “There are some fault lines that have not released their energy for a while.  “There are at least 5-10 that are overdue, but we don’t know when they’re going to happen.  “The question is not will they be activated. The question is when.”  Dr Fatahi said there was a “return period” for earthquakes and those that didn’t strike within the expected time frame only came back stronger. He said an…


An Emergency Psychologist Explains What She’s Doing for Italy’s Earthquake Victims

Early Wednesday morning, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit central Italy, destroying municipalities on the border between Umbria, Lazio, Marche, and Molise. The tremors were felt from Rimini to Naples and, at the time of writing, the death toll has risen to 241.  Along with the Fire Services, the Red Cross, and Civil Protection, the first units of emergency psychological services are also on site. These include volunteers from the SIPEM SoS Federazione (SIPEM standing for Italian Society of Emergency Psychology), which, for years, has dealt with bringing the first psychological…


Nun in Iconic Italy Earthquake Photo Texted Friends ‘Adieu’

She became the face of Italy’s earthquake: Sister Marjana Lleshi, blood staining her veil as she texted her family and friends in her native Albania that she was alive.  In an interview Thursday at the mother house of her religious order, the 35-year-old nun recounted how she thought she would die when her convent walls collapsed. She texted her friends asking that they pray for her soul, only to be rescued by a man she has called her “angel.”  Now safe, Lleshi says she wants nothing more than…


Why baking soda can be essential for rescuing earthquake survivors

Rescuing survivors buried by Wednesday’s earthquake in central Italy will require more than shovels, backhoes, and sweat: First responders will also rely on a complex bit of chemistry involving baking soda and salt water. That’s because this kind of tragedy creates a cascade of medical issues well beyond broken bones and internal bleeding. One of the most dangerous is kidney failure.  “This is a major, major complication,” said Dr. Dan Hanfling, a contributing scholar at the UPMC Center for Health Security in Baltimore, who has helped manage response teams after earthquakes in Turkey, Haiti, and Nepal. “That’s why many of these patients in events like in Italy … end up…


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