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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2016 7:50 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Italy probes to see if criminal negligence raised quake toll

AMATRICE, Italy (AP) -- Bulldozers with huge claws and other heavy equipment rolled through Italy's quake-devastated town of Amatrice on Sunday, pulling down dangerously overhanging ledges and clearing rubble as investigators tried to figure out if negligence in enforcing building codes added to the quake's high death toll.

Investigations will focus on a number of structures, including an elementary school in Amatrice that crumbled when the quake hit Wednesday. The school was renovated in 2012 to resist earthquakes at a cost of 700,000 euros ($785,000).

Questions also surround a bell tower in Accumoli that collapsed, killing a family of four sleeping in a neighboring house, including a baby of 8 months and a 7-year-old boy. That bell tower also had been recently restored with special funds allocated after Italy's last major earthquake in L'Aquila in 2009.

The quake early Wednesday killed 291 people and injured hundreds as it flattened three medieval towns in central Italy. Giuseppe Saieva, the prosecutor in the regional capital of Rieti, said the high human death toll "cannot only be considered the work of fate."

He said for now, police investigators remained focused on recovery efforts but once that emergency phase has passed, they will concentrate on the investigations.

Italy's state museums, meanwhile, embarked on a fundraising campaign, donating their proceeds Sunday to relief and reconstruction efforts in the earthquake zone.

Wednesday's 6.2 magnitude quake destroyed not only private homes but also churches and other centuries-old cultural treasures. The idea is to use art for art — harnessing the nation's rich artistic heritage to help recover and restore other objects of beauty in the hard-hit towns.

Culture Minster Dario Franceschini had appealed to Italians to "go to museum in a sign of solidarity with people affected by the earthquake." On Twitter, the appeal came along with the hashtag #museums4italy.

It's one of several efforts that have sprung up to help the towns rebuild — restaurants in Italy and elsewhere are also serving up pasta Amatriciana, the region's most famous dish, in another fundraising effort.

Amatrice bore the brunt of destruction with 230 fatalities and a town turned to rubble. Eleven others died in nearby Accumoli and 50 more in Arquata del Tronto, 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of Amatrice.

Overnight was relatively calm, the first since the quake struck without strong aftershocks. In all, the region has seen 1,820 aftershocks, according to the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology.

On Saturday, mourners prayed, hugged, wept and even applauded as coffins carrying earthquake victims passed by at a state funeral in the town of Ascoli Piceno.

The caskets of 35 people had been brought to a community gym — one of the few structures in the area still intact. The local bishop, Giovanni D'Ercole, celebrated Mass beneath a crucifix he had retrieved from one of the damaged churches.

Emotions that had been dammed up for days broke in a crescendo of grief. One young man wept over a little girl's white coffin. Another woman gently stroked another small casket. Many mourners were recovering from injuries themselves, some wrapped in bandages.

"It is a great tragedy. There are no words to describe it," said Gina Razzetti, a resident at the funeral. "Each one of us has our pain inside. We are thinking about the families who lost relatives, who lost their homes, who lost everything."

As all of Italy observed a day of national mourning, Bishop D'Ercole urged residents to rebuild their communities.

"Don't be afraid to cry out your suffering — I have seen a lot of this — but please do not lose courage," D'Ercole said. "Only together can we rebuild our houses and our churches."

Nobody has been found alive in the ruins since Wednesday, and hopes have vanished of finding any more survivors. The number still missing is uncertain, due to the many visitors seeking a last taste of summer in the Apennine mountains.

President Sergio Mattarella arrived by helicopter Saturday to view the damage in Amatrice and thanked rescue workers who have been toiling around the clock.

Saturday's funeral involved most of the dead from Arquata del Tronto. Many of the dead from Amatrice, however, are still awaiting identification in a refrigerated morgue in an airport hangar in Rieti, the provincial capital 65 kilometers (40 miles) away.

On Tuesday, a memorial service — without the bodies — will be held for the dead of Amatrice on the battered town's outskirts.

Hundreds of people have also been left homeless by the quake, with many spending their nights in tent cities and a gym in Amatrice. Longer-term housing needs for earthquake survivors will be another key challenge for Italian authorities.
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Deutsche Bank Unfixable
Sep 20, 2016
 -  Italy's PM declares Deutsche Bank problems Unfixable.
Hundreds And Hundreds of Billions of Derivatives.  Deutsche Bank saw the DoJ demand a $14 billion settlement for the bank's past RMBS transgressions.  Germany’s biggest bank would be significantly undercapitalized even if an eventual settlement with the DoJ can be covered by the bank’s reserves.

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Iran buddies with Rome
Sep 26, 2016
-  Iran gains Mediterranean bases in Italy and Syria.
Iran has negotiated a naval exchange deal with Rome for its warships to be berthed in Italian ports.  Italian Navy Admiral Roberto Marcella visited Tehran on Sept. 5. Sept. 24, the first Italian frigate, Euro, docked at Bandar Abbas, Iran.

Italy will build ships for the Iranian fleet.  Iran warships are no match for Egypt’s carriers or Israeli submarines.  It has been nearly a year since a US aircraft carrier anchored at an Italian port.

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Italy fire
Oct 24, 2016
 -  Huge fire, multiple blasts in northeast Italy. The explosions reportedly took place in a storage facility with gas cylinders.  It was not immediately clear if anyone was hurt in the blasts, but ambulances could be seen rushing to the scene, where a fire brigade was already working. The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.
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7.1 earthquake Central Italy
Oct 30, 2016
 -  The largest earthquake in 30 years struck Central Italy — M7.1 (M6.6 revised) and swarms hit directly inside the Michael Janitch forecast area.  A large swarm of subsequent M4.0 quakes followed.  This is the largest earthquake to strike Italy since 1980.  As this large earthquake struck, many homes and businesses were completely destroyed.  The famous Benedictine Basilica at the center of town was wiped out as an example of the intensity of this event.  This widespread destruction was due to the shallow location of the earthquake.

A series of earthquake warnings was issued on October 28, 2016, 2 days prior, calling for M6.8 to M7.8 seismic activity to strike this exact location in central Italy.  The warning videos made their way to Italians living in the forecast warned area.  Those viewers then contacted the mayor of the town worst hit, spreading word to residents to be prepared for a coming M6.8+ earthquake.  The warnings we issued were mentioned on BBC news by Janet Fullerlove while reporting on the earthquake out of central Italy!

Special thanks to Italian viewers Janet Fullerlove and William Pacetti who spread the warnings across the area. Thanks to their word of mouth, people slept in their cars the night before, and were mostly prepared for this earthquake to strike.  Injuries were AVERTED, and lives were possibly saved thanks to the warnings getting out to the people in time.


There is a concern nearby Mesuvius volcano will erupt
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Rome fears major quake
Nov 1, 2016
-  String of tremors and volcano's reawakening prompt fears of major quake.  The series of tremors, all followed by powerful aftershocks, proved the final straw for a number of architectural landmarks, and damaged several churches and buildings in the heart of Rome, including the Colosseum

Whilst scientists say there is no risk that Rome will be hit by a big one, a dormant volcano may be threatening.  Situated on Rome's doorstep, the volcano is showing signs of activity which, combined with the seismic history of the area, would indicate it is slowly reactivating.  Chambers located under Ariccia, Castel Gandolfo, Albano and other Roman castles are filling up with magma and the ground is rising 2-3mm per year.
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Video: Deadly tornadoes strike Italy, near Rome

A strong front spawned multiple tornadoes close to Rome Sunday, killing two people.

“Had they reached the city center, it would have been an apocalypse,” wrote MeteoWeb, an Italian meteorological news site.

One tornado blasted a coastal town about 30 miles west of Rome on Sunday evening. Then another tornado struck a neighborhood 18 miles to its north

The first tornado struck the town of Ladispoli around 6 p.m. local time, damaging dozens of buildings.

“It came in from the sea and swept through the town center,” said Crescenzo Paliotta, the mayor of Ladispoli. “There were fishing boats in the harbor that were moved over 100 meters.”

Close-up video shows trees snapping, a traffic sign flattened, and large debris flying through the streets.

   VERY CLOSE CALL with the Ladispoli, Italy tornado yesterday! Video: Baraondanews.it @reedtimmerTVN @SeanSchofer @stormpics @JimCantore pic.twitter.com/kJyqYIhhqX

   — severe-weather.EU (@severeweatherEU) November 7, 2016

A man was killed “by a piece of masonry blown off the edge of an apartment building,” according to The Local-Italy.

On Monday, schools were closed in the town as the cleanup effort began.

The second tornado, which remained on the ground for some distance and was widely photographed, caused substantial damage around Cesano, about 18 miles north of Rome. Here a man died when a tree landed on his car.

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CERN deny that the Hadron Collider caused Italy’s recent earthquakes after bizarre claims that 'plasma blasting experiment' was responsible for tremors
Conspiracy theorists have blamed the CERN facility for Italy earthquakes
One suggested the Large Hadron Collider unleashes massive power
Another theorist suggested aliens could invade Earth using the collider
CERN has insisted that the Large Hadron Collider is entirely safe


CERN has denied claims the Large Hadron Collider was responsible for a recent string of earthquakes in Italy.

The BP Earthwatch organisation posted a video on its YouTube page which claimed the massive machine on the French-Swiss border could have prompted the earthquakes.

The conspiracy site claims the LHC could have triggered the earthquakes in August which killed more than 200 people and caused severe shocks last month.

Scientists at the Geneva-based European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN), had been trying to discover a new particle - in addition to the 2012 discovering of the Higgs Boson - God particle.

However, after initial excitement of a breakthrough, scientists acknowledged the discovery was a 'statistical burp' rather than a new particle which would have re-written the physics books.

The LRC works by crashing atoms into each other at high speeds to see what happens to them.

Scientists believe such studies can help them understand the universe far more effectively.

But conspiracy theorists claim the LRC is dangerous.

In one test in late June, plasma was fired from the LRC to a lab 250 miles away in Italy.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/a...erground-Italy.html#ixzz4PMwLEOg9
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First Brexit, then Trump, now Italy faces its political shockwave

Rome (CNN)The world as we know it could come to an end this Sunday. Or it could be just another day. It depends on whom you talk to.

This weekend, Italians go to the polls to vote in a referendum on whether or not the country should amend its 1948 constitution.

The referendum is the brainchild of Matteo Renzi, Italy's energetic, 41-year-old Prime Minister. His intention is to defang the upper house of the Italian Parliament, the Senato, by cutting its numbers from 315 to 100, thus reducing its powers dramatically, making it more of a consultative assembly.

Yes, if you read to the end of the previous paragraph, you'll probably agree it sounds dull as dust. But, in the eyes of some, the consequences of a "No" vote could be catastrophic.

Proponents of the referendum say that the goal is to make the job of governing Italy less complicated. By allowing the cabinet to push through legislation in a reasonable time frame, Italy would become more efficient, productive and prosperous while simultaneously becoming less bureaucratic and bound up in red tape.

Italian politics is a noisy, messy, never-ending game of musical chairs, with plenty of motion but little forward movement. The once humming economy is anemic: according to one study, incomes for 97% of Italians haven't gone up in a decade. The country's GDP hasn't really budged since the late 1990s.

Some opponents say that the proposed reforms don't go far enough, while others fear that a weakened Senate will eliminate an important check on power.

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Italy referendum
Dec 4, 2016
 -  PM Renzi's future in the balance.  December 4, Italy is holding a referendum that will determine the fate of the entire European Union.  Results expected early on Monday.  Donald Trump’s victory, which shocked Europe, gives the populists backing the “No” side of Italy’s referendum the edge for a win.

Anti-globalist Beast sentiment is rising.  An Italian exit from the single currency would soon trigger the total collapse of the eurozone.

A “No” vote is rejection of EU bureaucrats in Brussels, whom many blame correctly for their problems.  The referendum is meant to concentrate more power in Italy’s central government. On that point alone, everyone should oppose it. The centralization of power never leads to good things.
Trump’s win has emboldened the people!

Austria election
Dec 4, 2016  Vienna
-   Austria presidential campaign closed Saturday.
A Norbert Hofer victory would be good for Austra!  The presidency is largely ceremonial but it would be another triumph for the peoples.  Italy today, in 2017 France, Germany and the Netherlands people want OUT of the EU.  Evil media call normal people - far right.  Sad.  They are so irrelevant.

Death of the EU?
Major votes in Italy and Austria could spark end of the bloc.

Very Happy  Do you hear the people sing - All over the world


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