Apr 7, 2009
A powerful, magnitude 6.9 earthquake shook the Kuril Islands off of Russia’s Pacific coast today as deaths from the 6.3 quake in Italy surpassed 200.
The Kuril Islands temblor, which occurred at 4:23 P.M. local time (12:23 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time), was in a sparsely populated area, according to CNN. It didn’t prompt the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center to issue a tsunami warning.
Meanwhile, 207 people were declared dead, 1,000 were injured and 15 people were still missing following yesterday's devastating quake in the Abruzzo region of Italy, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said during a tour of the region today, according to The New York Times. At least 280 aftershocks have hit the area since yesterday’s early morning quake, the newspaper said.
Apr 6, 2009
More than 90 people are feared dead and tens of thousands are homeless after a magnitude 6.3 earthquake rocked the mountainous Abruzzo region of Italy today.
The temblor struck at 3:32 a.m. local time (9:32 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time Sunday) 60 miles (95 kilometers) northeast of Rome, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The New York Times is reporting that it killed 92 people and left the homes of as many as 50,000 others in ruins.
“Some towns in the area have been virtually destroyed in their entirety,” said Gianfranco Fini, speaker of the lower house of Parliament, according to the newspaper.
The quake occurred in the Apennines, a mountain belt that runs from the Gulf of Taranto in southern Italy to the Po basin in the northern part of the country. It was caused by northeastward movement of a microplate under the Adriatic Sea, which pulls apart the rocks that make up the Apennine chain, according to Roger Musson, a seismologist at the British Geological Survey.
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