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Update: Strong quake kills 27 in Italy

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© Associated Press/Pier Paolo CitoFirefighters 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.


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


* 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

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


* 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

30 km (18.6 miles)



* 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

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Guatemala: Earthquake Magnitude 4.6


* 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


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


* 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

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Queensland Flood Warnings Issued by Australia's Weather Agency

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology is warning residents of southeastern Queensland, including the state capital Brisbane, of severe weather, including heavy rainfall and possible flash flooding.

Flood warnings have been issued for the Noosa River and Sunshine Coast streams, the Mary River and Six Mile Creek, the bureau said on its Web site. Heavy rains have been recorded in the area for several days.


Collapse of the Ice Bridge Supporting Wilkins Ice Shelf Appears Imminent

Wilkins ice bridge rift
© ESANew rifts detected on ice bridge
The Wilkins Ice Shelf is at risk of partly breaking away from the Antarctic Peninsula as the ice bridge that connects it to Charcot and Latady Islands looks set to collapse. The beginning of what appears to be the demise of the ice bridge began this week when new rifts forming along its centre axis resulted in a large block of ice breaking away.

The Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (ASAR) images acquired on 2 April by ESA's Envisat satellite confirm that the rifts are quickly expanding along the ice bridge. Dr Angelika Humbert from the Institute of Geophysics, Münster University, and Dr Matthias Braun from the Center for Remote Sensing, University of Bonn, witnessed the recent development during their daily monitoring activities of the ice sheet using data from Envisat and the German Aerospace Center's TerraSAR-X satellite.

graphic of antarctica & wilson ice shelf
© NASA image by Robert Simmon, based on data from Joey ComisoBetween 1981 and 2007, most of Antarctica warmed. Portions of West Antarctica experienced an especially rapid rise in temperature.
Interesting there's no mention of the very possible and natural explanation for West Antarctica's warming - a volcano., In 2008, scientists from the British Antarctic Survey reported a layer of volcanic ash and glass shards frozen within an ice sheet in western Antarctica. The volcano punched a hole right through due to its heat and force.

For a more indepth analysis of the anomalous warming/cooling of Antarctica, see here