Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Southeast Spain rattled by rare quakes and Italians 'flee Rome' over quake rumours

At least 10 killed and buildings destroyed after two earthquakes hit in quick succcession.
Two rare earthquakes have struck southeast Spain in quick succession, killing at least 10 people, injuring dozens and causing major damage to historic churches and public buildings, officials said.
The first quake measured 4.4 while the second was of 5.2 magnitude, an official in the regional government said on Wednesday.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2011/05/2011511185827542927.html

Many flee the capital following reported prediction that a major earthquake would hit the capital.
Internet-fuelled rumours that a major earthquake would strike Rome, the Italian capital, has caused some residents to flee in panic, media have reported. According to an Italian consumer group, some 20 per cent of the city's workforce did not show up on Wednesday and hotels outside the capital reported higher than usual bookings. Traffic on the usually busy Rome streets was also said to be quieter than usual and many store fronts, particularly in the Chinese quarter, were shuttered. "They have all gone away because they are scared of the earthquake," Shouman, a Bangladeshi street seller who normally receives his cheap goods from a Chinese salesman, told the Reuters news agency. The rumour was sparked by a faction of followers of Raffaele Bendandi, a self-taught seisomologist who predicted that a "big one" would hit Rome on May 11, 2011, based on the position of the planets.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2011/05/201151113752685984.html