World Italian towns cook up pasta all’Amatriciana in support of quake victims
Alice de la Chapelle,International Business Times ONC UK 15 hours ago Residents of the Umbrian town of Perugia gathered on Sunday 28 August evening in the main square to eat pasta all’Amatriciana in support of the earthquake victims from neighbouring communities.Towns all over Italy have taken part in the event, collecting money for the victims of the 6.2 magnitude earthquake which hit the regions of Lazio and Le Marche bordering Umbria on Wednesday 24 August. At least 290 people have died.More from IBTimes UKSome 500 people took part in the initiative that served up the local speciality pasta and sauce, which hails from the town of Amatrice badly hit by the quake.”The Amatriciana is a typical recipe coming from Amatrice which is one of the towns most badly affected by the earthquake. It is also an Italian product known internationally. It is a recipe based on bacon, onion, peeled tomatoes, pepper, oil and salt and lots of love.Because this country has a lot of love to sell, a great wish for community, and a great wish to get back on its feet.” All donations were made at the discretion of the pasta eaters and the collected money will be used to provide essentials such as food and drinks to the quake victims,” said Chef Giuseppe Vaccaro.The central Umbria region also experienced a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in 1997 which brought devastation to the region – with parts of the ceiling of the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi collapsing.
World The Latest: Romania to repatriate 7 bodies of quake victimsBusiness Insider Sun, Aug 28 10:00 PM PDT ROME (AP) — The Latest on Italy’s devastating earthquake (all times local):7:10 p.m.Authorities say two more bodies have been pulled out from the rubble of a central Italy earthquake, raising the overall death toll to 292.Civil Protection official Titti Postiglione told reporters in Rieti, the local provincial capital, that the corpses were found Monday in Amatrice, which now counts 231 dead. She didn’t say where the bodies were found in the hill town, but all bodies found in the last few days were located in the rubble of the Hotel Roma.Amatrice’s mayor has said about 10 people are unaccounted for. Eleven people were killed in Accumoli, a small town near Amatrice, both in the Lazio region which includes Rome, while 50 people were killed by the quake in the neighboring Le Marche region._5:05 p.m.An Italian bishop says Pope Francis was among the many in Rome jolted awake by last week’s earthquake and immediately went to celebrate a Mass for those suffering in the catastrophe.Bishop Domenico Pompili has told Corriere della Sera newspaper that Francis called him three times last Wednesday, first at 7 a.m., 3 1/2 hours after the quake struck. He said Francis was especially concerned about the children caught up in the disaster.Pompili’s diocese includes the Apennines Mountain town of Amatrice, which saw the most dead in Italy’s Aug. 24 earthquake, 229 of the 290 confirmed dead so far._4 p.m.Italy’s government has heeded the anger of quake survivors and will hold a state funeral for many of the 290 dead in Amatrice, the town hardest-hit by the quake, instead of at an airport hangar 65 kilometers (40 miles) away.Earlier Monday, survivors in Amatrice, where at least 229 people perished in the Aug. 24 earthquake, started shouting angrily after authorities informed them the funeral Mass would be celebrated Tuesday evening at Rieti airport. Townspeople yelled they wanted to have the service in Amatrice, a medieval town in the central Apennine mountains devastated by the quake. Among those incensed was Sergio Pirozzi, the town’s mayor.Shortly afterward, Pirozzi told his fellow citizens that Italian Premier Matteo Renzi had just called him and told him that Tuesday’s state funeral would be held in Amatrice after all._3:30 p.m.Romania’s foreign ministry says it will pay to repatriate the bodies of seven Romanians who died during last week’s quake in central Italy.A statement said the bodies will arrive in Romania from Italy on Tuesday.The ministry said Monday that 11 Romanians were among the 290 people confirmed dead in the Aug. 24 quake. One Romanian is still unaccounted for. It says the seven are the first batch to be brought back, and others may also be as well, depending on their families’ wishes.Some 8,000 to 10,000 Romanians were living in the area where the quake struck._12:05 p.m.With thousands left homeless after Italy’s earthquake, authorities are debating how to provide warmer, sturdier housing for them besides the rows of emergency blue tents set up in the Apennine Mountains, where even summer nights can get chilly.Nearly 2,700 people needing shelter following the Aug. 24 temblor are staying in 58 tent camps or other shelters arranged by Italy’s Civil Protection agency. Others are staying in a gym in the hardest-hit town, Amatrice and some are sleeping in cars near their damaged homes.Italian architect Renzo Piano met Premier Matteo Renzi on Sunday. Speaking to the Corriere della Sera newspaper, Piano proposed building temporary wooden homes near the three devastated towns in central Italy so traumatized people could stay near their roots.No housing decisions have been announced yet.
Eruption of Iceland’s largest volcano feared after 2 earthquakes UPI 9 hours ago REYKJAVIK,, Iceland, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Iceland was rocked by the largest earthquakes in 39 years, prompting fears its largest volcano will erupt after almost a century of dormancy.Two quakes — of magnitudes 4.5 at 1:41 a.m. and 4.6 at 1:47 a.m. Monday — rocked the crater of south Iceland’s Katla in the Myrdalsjokull glacier, the Icelandic Meteorological Office reported. They are the largest quakes to hit Katla since 1977, when a 5.1 earthquake was measured there, according to the Iceland Review.Katla, which is 90 miles east of Reykjavik. has not erupted since 1918, when it lasted 24 days and caused major glacier river floods. But the office considers it one of the country’s most active volcanoes. Katla has erupted 21 times in the last 1,100 years, and 18 broke through the ice cap in the volcano’s central crater, according to theCatalog of Icelandic Volcanoes.Icelandic scientists are watching the volcano, according to Icelandic Meteorological Office.On July 29, the office reported, „Around Katla we are not detecting signs of increased ground deformation or bursts of seismic tremor, which are both signals that might indicate movement of magma,” the agency said. „We continue to monitor Katla closely and will issue updates. … Our assessment is that the volcano is in a period of summertime unrest and it does not show signs of impending eruption, although we cannot rule out a sudden escalation in seismicity in connection with a hazardous flood.”In 2010, another Icelandic volcano, Eyjafjallajökull, produced a giant ash cloud that forced airlines to divert thousands of flights in Europe.Cluster of Big Earthquakes Rattles Iceland’s Katla Volcano Cluster of Big Earthquakes Rattles Iceland’s Katla Volcano
ERIK KLEMETTI DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08.29.16.TIME OF PUBLICATION: 12:46 PM.
CLUSTER OF BIG EARTHQUAKES RATTLES ICELAND’S KATLA VOLCANOLAST NIGHT, A brief earthquake swarm rattled the caldera atKatla in southern Iceland. The largest earthquakes were over M4, ranging from a few kilometers deep to near the surface (although the depth locating is likely problematic for many of the smaller earthquakes). These M4+ earthquakes (see below) are the largest temblors to occur to Katla since 1977 (note: those earthquakes did not lead to any eruption). However, although a few of the earthquakes were fairly large, the swarm seems to have petered out quickly as seismicity returned to background levels by Icelandic morning.The Icelandic Meteorological Office is reporting no tremor recorded currently at Katla, which suggests that at least for the moment, no magma is making its way to the surface. Icelandic officials have not changed the alert status for Katla from normal at this point.UPDATE 8/29 at 8 PM EDT: The IMO has now reported that flow in the Múlakvísl River, which flows out from under Mýrdalsjökull, has increased and has high concentrations of sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide. Both of these are common gases related to hydrothermal fluids (heated from magmatic sources). This is a common occurrence when earthquake swarms have disturbed the Katla caldera and is not likely directly linked to any change in eruption likelihood. The earthquake swarm that occurred on the night of August 29 at Katla in Iceland. The green stars are earthquakes over M4.Two big hazards exist at Katla right now. One is obviously that the volcano might have its first eruption since 1918. That lack of harmonic tremor means that the likelihood of an imminent eruption is low. The other hazard might be a jökulhlaup, or glacial outburst flood. Melting from the summer within the Myrdalsjökull icecap and that meltwater can accumulate until it spills over as a flood of water, ice, and debris. These have occurred often and do not need to be associated with any volcanic activity.Katla has experienced numerous earthquake swarms in the 98 years since its last eruption, most recently in 2011. So this new one, even with its larger earthquakes, is no reason for immediate alarm. Katla does have a history of large, explosive eruptions, which means it makes people nervous. Keeping an eye on any restlessness at the behemoth is vital for both the people of Iceland and for air travel across the North Atlantic.
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