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Italian earthquake death toll rises to 100

Italian quake
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Over 100 people have been killed after a powerful quake hit the mountainous region of Abruzzo in central Italy, the Apcom news agency said on Monday.

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said at a news conference in L'Aquila, the region's capital and close to the quake's epicenter, that about 1,500 people had been injured when the earthquake, measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale, struck in the early hours.

He added that the death toll "topped 50 people," but it was likely to rise as rescuers continue their search of the debris.

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Italian earthquake: expert's warnings were dismissed as scaremongering

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An Italian scientist, Giampaolo Giuliani, predicted the earthquake which has killed at least 90 people in the Abruzzo region but he was reported to the police for scaremongering, it has emerged.

Mr Giuliani told locals to evacuate their houses and posted a video on YouTube in which he said a build-up of radon gas around the seismically active area suggested a major earthquake was imminent.

Several tremors had been felt in the medieval city of L'Aquila, around 60 miles east of Rome, from mid-January onwards, and vans with loudspeakers had driven around the city spreading the warning.

But instead of heeding Mr Giuliani's warnings, the local authorities reported him to police for "spreading alarm" and he was told to remove his findings from the internet.

The predicted earthquake hit L'Aquila at 3.32am local time today, killing at least 90 people and leaving up to 50,000 homeless.

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Update: Strong quake kills 27 in Italy

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Firefighters remove debris in the city of L'Aquila, after a strong earthquake rocked central Italy, early Monday, April 6, 2009
A strong earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale has rocked central Italy, killing at least 27 people and causing severe damage.

The early Monday temblor was centered in the Abruzzo region's capital l'Aquila, about 95 Kilometers (60miles) northeast of the capital Rome at a depth of 10 kilometers, according to the US Geological Survey.

Among the dead are an elderly woman and a baby girl who were crushed in a building in the medieval town of Fossa and four other children who died in l'Aquila when their house collapsed, local media reports said.

Police also confirmed that five other people were killed in the small town of Castelnuovo.

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Scottish fish farmers 'conducting secret seal slaughter'

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Animal rights campaigners claim that a "secret slaughter" of seals was being carried out by fish farmers around the Scottish coast.

The Seal Protection Action Group said as many as 5,000 of the mammals were shot every year.

However, the industry claims the figure is nearer 500, and insists that seals have to be controlled to protect commercial stocks.

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Venezuela - Earthquake Magnitude 4.5

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Date-Time

* Monday, April 06, 2009 at 00:26:45 UTC

* Sunday, April 05, 2009 at 08:26:45 PM at epicenter

Location 10.665°N, 69.472°W

Depth 38.8 km (24.1 miles)

Distances 70 km (45 miles) NNW of Barquisimeto, Venezuela

90 km (55 miles) SSE of Coro, Venezuela

280 km (170 miles) W of CARACAS, Venezuela

2010 km (1250 miles) SE of Miami, Florida

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6.3 magnitude earthquake hits central Italy northeast of Rome

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An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale rocked central Italy on Monday and was felt in the capital Rome, but there was no immediate word of any casualties.

Some residents in the city of l'Aquila, east of Rome in the mountainous Abruzzo region, ran out into the streets and there were reports of wide cracks in some homes.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the quake, which struck at about 3.35 a.m. (0135 GMT), was believed to be some 53 miles northeast of Rome. It initially put the scale of the quake at 6.7 but later lowered it 6.3.

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Virgin Islands Region: Earthquake Magnitude 4.5

Date-Time

* Sunday, April 05, 2009 at 17:37:57 UTC
* Sunday, April 05, 2009 at 01:37:57 PM at epicenter

Location 19.327°N, 65.104°W

Depth
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30 km (18.6 miles)

Region VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION

Distances

* 106 km (66 miles) NW (309°) from Settlement, Anegada, British Virgin Islands

* 108 km (67 miles) NNW (337°) from Little Harbour, Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

* 110 km (68 miles) N (351°) from CHARLOTTE AMALIE, US Virgin Islands

* 138 km (86 miles) NE (42°) from Carolina, PR

Bizarro Earth

Guatemala: Earthquake Magnitude 4.6

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Date-Time

* Saturday, April 04, 2009 at 20:55:55 UTC

* Saturday, April 04, 2009 at 02:55:55 PM at epicenter

Location 14.382°N, 90.192°W

Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program

Distances 45 km (30 miles) SE of GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala

80 km (50 miles) WNW of Santa Ana, El Salvador

120 km (75 miles) S of Coban, Guatemala

1110 km (690 miles) ESE of MEXICO CITY, D.F., Mexico

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US: Odd "Earthquakes" Near Milledgeville, Georgia

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, around 4:45 pm there was a 3.1 magnitude earthquake about 7 miles northeast of Milledgeville and 14 miles Southeast of Eatonton.

Ten minutes later, the USGS reports a smaller 2.2 magnitude earthquake about 14 miles from Milledgeville and 12 miles from Eatonton.

Viewers tell FOX 24 News that they heard an explosion and felt the ground shake.

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Italy: Earthquake Magnitude 4.6

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Date-Time

* Sunday, April 05, 2009 at 20:20:52 UTC
* Sunday, April 05, 2009 at 10:20:52 PM at epicenter

Location 44.355°N, 11.979°E

Depth 6.4 km (4.0 miles) (poorly constrained)

Region: Northern Italy

Distances 55 km (35 miles) ESE of Bologna, Italy

60 km (35 miles) NW of Rimini, Italy

60 km (40 miles) NW of SAN MARINO

280 km (175 miles) N of ROME, Italy