SEVEN MONTHS ON (2 of 19)
The village of Onna (L'Áquila (AQ), Abruzzo, Italy), seven months after the L'Áquila earthquake of April 2009 (2 of 6).
Ruined houses along via dei Martiri.
You can get a similar view of this street in Google Maps - but as it was before the earthquake. The dark grey backdrop here looks like a thundery sky but is actually a hazy mountainside in shadow, in the distance.
For an interesting perspective on the post-earthquake situation in and around L'Áquila, see this photo and article.
NOTE ON PLACE NAMES.
Via dei Martiri = 'Street of Martyrs' - a sadly auspicious name for this street, as it turns out. Flickr Map gives the formal Region name as *Abruzzi" here, but "Abruzzo'" is the correct rendering.
"The 2009 L'Áquila earthquake occurred in the region of Abruzzo, in central Italy. The main shock occurred at 3:32 local time on 6 April 2009, and was rated 5.8 on the Richter scale and 6.3 on the moment magnitude scale; its epicentre was near L'Áquila, the capital of Abruzzo, which together with surrounding villages [like Onna here] suffered most damage. There have been several thousand foreshocksand aftershocks since December 2008, more than thirty of which had a Richter magnitude greater than 3.5. The earthquake was felt throughout central Italy; 308 people are known to have died, making this the deadliest earthquake to hit Italy since the 1980 Irpinia earthquake."
According to our geological friends in this area, it is well established that there is an approximately 100-year cycle of earthquakes in the L'Áquila region, and the timing of this one fits with this cycle. Tectonically, this part of the Apennines is in a tensional regime dominated by normal block faulting, and the earthquake was generated along normal faults in and around L'Áquila.
PS, September 2011: A legal case is currently being brought against a number of earth scientists with regard to prediction issues, as reported by a recent online article by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), using this photo: www.unisdr.org/archive/22203
PPS, October 22 2012: The outcome of the above trial was that six earth scientists and a government official have been sentenced to six years imprisonment for 'multiple manslaughter for downplaying the likelihood of a major earthquake six days before it took place'. There will be an appeal. Opinion is divided about whether this was a just outcome: www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=italian-scienti...
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