4.8 Earthquake in Northern Italy Rocks Ancient City of Lucca

Posted: January 26, 2013 by Rog Tallbloke in Earthquakes, solar system dynamics, Uncertainty

Talkshop Regular Michele Casati noted this event in comments yesterday, saying:

A sad example…. Yesterday very low solar wind (250 Km/s.) Today geomagnetic disturbance
rog, I’ve had great fear …earthquake near Lucca(Tuscany) Italy
Magnitude 5.0 – NORTHERN ITALY
http://cnt.rm.ingv.it/data_id/7226520880/event.html

Lucca_01It’s also worth noting that as well as the low solar windspeed, last night was a full Moon, four days after Lunar Apogee. The 5.8 Earthquake which hit Northern Italy on May 20 last year occurred one day after Lunar Apogee and one day before the New Moon. These are direct alignments of Sun, Earth and Moon when the Moon is near a distance turning point.

The following info is reposted from Alex Roe’s excellent English language blog,  the ‘Italy Chronicles’

Earthquake near Lucca in Tuscany

JANUARY 25, 2013 BY ALEX ROE 

The 4.8 magnitude tremor was felt in Florence and Milan

A few minutes ago via twitter I was told by one of my followers in Pistoia that Florence andPisa had been rattled by an earthquake. A quick search revealed that a magnitude 4.8 or so tremor hit at 15:48 Italian time.

The epicentre was some 13 miles (30 kilometres) north of seaside town Viareggio and not far from Lucca. A list of the places within the earthquake zone can be found on Il Post here: Terremoto tra Toscana ed Emilia

Low intensity aftershocks (magnitude 2.0 to 2.3) are continuing in the area. The tremors can be followed on Twitter here: @INGVterremoti - which is Italy’s seismic activity monitoring service.

The 15:48 tremor shook a large section of northern Italy and was felt in skyscrapers as far away as Milan, even if this Milan resident did not notice the earth moving.

While there are no reports of injuries or damage yet, Italian newspaper Il Messaggero is saying that some power supplies have been affected and telecommunications services are apparently down in the area of Tuscany hit by the earthquake.

Civil defense authorities in Tuscany are carrying out checks by helicopter to ascertain whether any damage has occurred.

[link added] http://earthquake-report.com/2013/01/25/shallow-earthquake-hits-northern-italy/

Comments
  1. Doug Proctor says:

    Around New Year’s Eve I was in Homokaa, a village on the east side of the Big Island, Hawaii. At 4 in the morning we had a 4.4 mag earthquake. It feels like a large truck driving by. Woke me up, not my partner.

    Not much power in a 4.4. Yes, 4.8 is a log scale higher.

    No big deal.

  2. tchannon says:

    Strange experience indeed if you are not used to them.
    I met a few in Sicily and a couple here in England. wowwow thump wowwow thump rattling plaster etc.

    One of the things this has done is wake me up to the good chance the cracks in ancient buildings are not all down to subsidence, Mind you it is sobering seeing how much ground can move, such as the floor mosaics in parts of Italy, several feet on what was flat 2000 years ago.

  3. Italy is a country of high seismic risk.

    See map :
    http://csi.rm.ingv.it/versione_inglese/index_eng.htm

    Quote :
    “Only 33 earthquakes exceeded magnitude 5.0 in the period between 1981 and 2002, and the largest event is the 1997, September 26, Umbria-Marche earthquake (Mw 6.0).”

    21 Years = 33 earthquakes M>5

    http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/?filter=yes&start_date=2004-10-01&end_date=2013-01-26&min_lat=36.457&max_lat=47.636&min_long=5.977&max_long=18.457&min_depth=0&max_depth=500&min_mag=5&max_mag=7&min_intens=0&max_intens=8&view=1

    1 October 2004 – 26 January 2013 = 8/9 Years = 25 earthquakes M>5

    It’s solar minimum