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Old August 24th, 2016, 10:29 AM   #34341
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That's bad. Is there significant damage in the larger cities in the region? Terni, Foligno and Ascoli Piceno are only 30 - 40 kilometers away from the epicenter. Not to mention L'Aquila...
It seems that destruction is localized to few towns around the Accumoli epicenter. Some damage also at Norcia and Castelluccio di Norcia, but no consequences on larger cities.
It has been reported that it was felt in Rome, Naples, Florence and all the way north up to Rimini.
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Old August 24th, 2016, 02:07 PM   #34342
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It has been reported that it was felt in Rome, Naples, Florence and all the way north up to Rimini.
I didn't feel it, but it was felt in higher buildings in Ljubljana and even Maribor. So terrible.
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Old August 24th, 2016, 10:00 PM   #34343
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An image of SS 4 Salaria road damaged by the quake. Unfortunately death toll has risen to a dreadful figure of 120.



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Old August 25th, 2016, 03:32 PM   #34344
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Apparently these old houses in Italy are not suitable for living any more. Is it possible to adjust them for earthquakes or not?
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Old August 25th, 2016, 04:07 PM   #34345
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Apparently these old houses in Italy are not suitable for living any more. Is it possible to adjust them for earthquakes or not?
Newspapers are now pointing out the fact that it would need 100 billion euro to adjust these old buildings to be earthquake-proof. A friend of mine, an engineer, told me that in the vast majority of cases you can't patch them up to be compliant with today's requirement and it would be cheaper and safer to tear them down and rebuild them.
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Old August 25th, 2016, 04:23 PM   #34346
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^ I thought so. It would be a pity to just bulldoze all those charming old towns, but living there is becoming Russian roulette.
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Old August 25th, 2016, 04:56 PM   #34347
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Hopefully they will rebuild these villages like before but with modern safety standards. I hope they won't do like in L'Aquila, where they put people in poorly built apartment blocks built where there used to be countryside and left much of the old city in ruin.
A good example of reconstruction is Norcia, that was damaged by earthquakes twice, in 1979 and in 1997. Since it was rebuilt with modern standards, it didn't receive serious damages this time, despite being quite close to the epicentre.
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Old August 26th, 2016, 05:44 AM   #34348
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From my understanding, Italy is the place in Europe that has the highest-level of seismic activity. As such, building codes in Italy have been made stricter so that there would be higher levels of earthquake resistance (and I believe that Italy has also integrated provisions of Eurocode 8 which detail EU-wide standards for earthquake-resistant structures)

Unfortunately, for those old ancient houses and buildings that have existed for decades, centuries..........or even thousands of years, they did not stand a chance at all in this earthquake (compared to 21st century structures).

Thankfully, with the recent seismic data that was captured from this recent earthquake, it will definitely provide more academic info for seismic studies and it will encourage everyone to invest in earthquake retrofitting......and to build houses & structures with greater seismic resistance.
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Old August 26th, 2016, 12:24 PM   #34349
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From my understanding, Italy is the place in Europe that has the highest-level of seismic activity. As such, building codes in Italy have been made stricter so that there would be higher levels of earthquake resistance (and I believe that Italy has also integrated provisions of Eurocode 8 which detail EU-wide standards for earthquake-resistant structures)
This chart shows a statistical model of the seismic risks in Europe. Italy, Balkan and Iceland are located on the most risky areas. (Sorry about the size of the image. Cannot reduce without losing readability.)

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Old August 26th, 2016, 08:42 PM   #34350
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I'm eating some grapes and there are spiders in them. o_O The grapes are really good, but I'll avoid this type in the future, because I hate spiders.
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Old August 27th, 2016, 12:01 AM   #34351
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I'm eating some grapes and there are spiders in them. o_O The grapes are really good, but I'll avoid this type in the future, because I hate spiders.
Oh, common, like we say to kids, the small beast don't eat the bigger one...

At least you can say that those grapes were not so much chemicaly treated with pesticides or others things like that who will hurt you much more than this poor little spider !!
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Old August 27th, 2016, 12:36 AM   #34352
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Three spiders, not just one. It pissed me off because I rinsed the grapes for really long, so I thought they were clean... and then I almost eat a spider. The grapes were very close to each other, I guess spiders were stuck. But you're right, it's all bio.
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Old August 27th, 2016, 12:51 PM   #34353
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Just saw this video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ns30XeulhHo a compilation of crashes inside Slovak tunnels made by the national motorway company.... with a special music
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Old August 27th, 2016, 04:34 PM   #34354
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Greetings from (barely inside) France
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Old August 27th, 2016, 07:00 PM   #34355
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I'm eating some grapes and there are spiders in them. o_O The grapes are really good, but I'll avoid this type in the future, because I hate spiders.
I love to eat grapes
Well I drink them at least no chance of spider
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Old August 27th, 2016, 11:35 PM   #34356
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Milky Way photographed by me half an hour ago in the back yard of the house where I live:



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Old August 28th, 2016, 12:50 AM   #34357
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Milky Way photographed by me half an hour ago in the back yard of the house where I live:

http://i.imgur.com/gtFZrND.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/VJNdJRZ.jpg
Oh very nice, you must live in a remote area to have that less light polution, you must be lucky in that way!

I also took some stars photos 3 weeks ago when I traveled in Austria, I managed to be inside austrian alps (one of the part of Europe with the less light polution), during night when it was the perseids time (lots of shooting stars), I was completly alone in the full dark at 1800m (and 2°C outside), it was a bit scary but my eyes enjoyed the show I saw the most impressive sky and the most impressive shooting stars that I never saw before... Unfortunatly the photos I made are not really representative of what I saw, it was my first stars photography ever and I probably choose the wrong lens to bring with me, but it's okay...

(Those photos are only a bit color edited with Lightroom, I don't have the skills to use Photoshop )





And before that I also photographed a good looking Austrian cow on the road to the top

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Old August 31st, 2016, 12:54 AM   #34358
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Since Google Maps doesn't fully work in South Korea due to legal issues, the roads are still displayed in the old GMaps colour scheme. Note the difference between North and South Korea:


Or between South Korea and Japan if you prefer:


Sorry if this has already been mentioned here.
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Old August 31st, 2016, 01:35 PM   #34359
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I've just encountered a Geisterfahrer! Some hundred-year-old grandpa is driving in wrong direction on Celovška cesta in Ljubljana (speed limit 70 km/h). And there's a car from Turkey ahead of me, lol.
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Old August 31st, 2016, 01:53 PM   #34360
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It's amazing how German language has a specific word for this
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