November 12, 2012

In Focus: Venice Under Water 

Heavy rains and high tides have brought some of the worst flooding to Venice, Italy in years. The “acqua alta”, or high water, is common this time of year and Sunday’s level of 149 centimeters (4 ft, 10 in) was below the 160 centimeters (5 ft, 2 in) recorded four years ago in the worst flooding in decades. The bad weather and torrential rainfall will continue through Tuesday, forecasters said. Collected here are images from Venice as it endures this recent acqua alta.

See more. [Images: AP, Reuters, Getty]

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Filed under: Italy Europe Venice History Floods 
October 22, 2012
Don’t Inhale: There is a Detectable Amount of Cocaine in Urban Italian Air

Italy’s Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research just published a report that measured psychotropic drugs (including cocaine, nicotine, cannabinoids, and caffeine) in the air in eight major cities: Palermo, Rome, Bologna, Florence, Turin, Milan, Verona, and Naples.

Read more. [Image: AP]

Don’t Inhale: There is a Detectable Amount of Cocaine in Urban Italian Air

Italy’s Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research just published a report that measured psychotropic drugs (including cocaine, nicotine, cannabinoids, and caffeine) in the air in eight major cities: Palermo, Rome, Bologna, Florence, Turin, Milan, Verona, and Naples.

Read more. [Image: AP]

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Filed under: Italy Drugs Health WTF 
May 22, 2012

In Focus: Earthquake in Northern Italy

Last Sunday, May 20, a strong and unusually shallow earthquake struck northern Italy, killing at least seven people, damaging or destroying hundreds of structures, and leaving thousands homeless. The magnitude 6.0 earthquake occurred just after 4 a.m. local time, at a depth of only 5 km (3 mi). The affected region is home to countless historic churches, castles, and towers — many of which were damaged or toppled. Displaced families are taking shelter in tents erected on local soccer fields as rescue workers search for survivors and recovery crews try to salvage historic artifacts from the rubble.

Top: Half of a clock face on Modenesi’s Towers of Finale Emilia, destroyed following an earthquake on May 20, 2012 in Ferrara, Italy.

Bottom: A woman cries following an earthquake, in Sant’Agostino, on May 20. 2012.

Read more. [Images: Getty, AP]

February 27, 2012
Picture of the Day: Snowfall Across Italy, From Space

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on board NASA’a Aqua satellite captured this picture of Italy last week, shortly after recent snowstorms had blanketed much of the country. The Aqua satellite has been in orbit since 2002, collecting information about all aspects of the Earth’s water cycle, including evaporation, clouds, soil moisture, and fluctuations in sea and land ice cover.
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Picture of the Day: Snowfall Across Italy, From Space

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on board NASA’a Aqua satellite captured this picture of Italy last week, shortly after recent snowstorms had blanketed much of the country. The Aqua satellite has been in orbit since 2002, collecting information about all aspects of the Earth’s water cycle, including evaporation, clouds, soil moisture, and fluctuations in sea and land ice cover.

See more. [Image: NASA]

February 9, 2012

reuters:

Mount Etna spews lava on the southern Italian island of Sicily February 9, 2012. Mount Etna is Europe’s tallest and most active volcano. [REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello]

See more photos of Mount Etna’s eruption in Italy

(via technipol)

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