The 6 quakes ARE NOT near each other, not aftershocks. There were hundreds of small aftershocks. But these 6 earthquakes are 4.0+ quakes in different areas, literally surrounding Mirandola, Italy.
Why the discrepency between reports and Google Earth?
If Google Earth is presenting information correctly, there were 6 QUAKES surrounding Mirandola, Italy today. Is anyone reporting all of these? Beginning with the 5.8 quake, going east, then north the quakes shown are:
M 5.8, northern Italy
Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 07:00:03 UTC
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 09:00:03 AM at epicenter
Depth: 9.60 km (5.97 mi)
M 4.7, northern Italy
Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 08:25:51 UTC
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 10:25:51 AM at epicenter
Depth: 10.00 km (6.21 mi)
M 4.7, northern Italy
Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 08:40:57 UTC
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 10:40:57 AM at epicenter
Depth: 10.10 km (6.28 mi)
M 5.4, northern Italy
Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 10:55:57 UTC
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 12:55:57 PM at epicenter
Depth: 9.90 km (6.15 mi)
M 5.1, northern Italy
Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 11:00:25 UTC
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 01:00:25 PM at epicenter
Depth: 10.00 km (6.21 mi)
M 4.4, northern Italy
Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 18:28:01 UTC
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 08:28:01 PM at epicenter
Depth: 13.10 km (8.14 mi)
I found these listed at this link, on page four. If you click on Mag it will list by strongest to weakest http://www.emsc-csem.org/...
2012-05-29 10:55:56.0 44.90 N 10.99 E 2 5.5 NORTHERN ITALY
2012-05-29 11:00:24.0 44.91 N 11.02 E 10 5.0 NORTHERN ITALY
2012-05-29 09:30:20.2 44.71 N 10.98 E 10 4.2 NORTHERN ITALY
2012-05-29 11:07:08.0 44.91 N 11.01 E 19 4.0 NORTHERN ITALY
2012-05-29 11:10:37.0 44.69 N 11.32 E 10 3.8 NORTHERN ITALY
2012-05-29 09:29:38.0 44.98 N 10.94 E 2 3.6 NORTHERN ITALY
2012-05-29 09:14:08.0 44.86 N 11.02 E 11 3.5 NORTHERN ITALY
2012-05-29 10:27:19.0 44.54 N 11.11 E 2 3.5 NORTHERN ITALY
Here's the USGS List for 5/23-5/29, 2012
MAP 4.4 2012/05/29 18:28:01 44.950 10.981 13.1 NORTHERN ITALY
MAP 5.1 2012/05/29 11:00:25 44.916 10.934 10.0 NORTHERN ITALY
MAP 5.4 2012/05/29 10:55:57 44.859 10.991 9.9 NORTHERN ITALY
MAP 4.7 2012/05/29 08:40:57 44.853 10.990 10.1 NORTHERN ITALY
MAP 4.7 2012/05/29 08:25:51 44.814 10.948 10.0 NORTHERN ITALY
MAP 5.8 2012/05/29 07:00:03 44.814 11.079 9.6 NORTHERN ITALY
MAP 4.2 2012/05/25 13:14:04 44.860 11.142 10.0 NORTHERN ITALY
MAP 4.5 2012/05/23 21:41:18 44.802 11.296 9.1 NORTHERN ITALY
So, Google Earth doesn't match Centre Sismologique Euro-Méditerranéen.
These same 6 quakes are shown on Intellicast, which only shows quakes for a couple of days, so I wanted to include this record:
Map of Earthquake Zones, Italy:
May 29, 2012 Quakes shown on map by the Regional Seismic Network of Northwestern Italy
Compare Google Earth with RSNN Italy
The May 29, 2012 quakes don't appear to be in an area that is known to be an active earthquake zone.
This means that the Po valley is the northernmost tip of the African plate and cannot therefore be considered immune from these events, although they are statistically less intense.Earthquakes are amplified in the Po Valley where Italy's largest gas fields are located.
The area affected by the 20 May earthquake rose by as much as fifteen centimetres, as the Italian space agency’s (ASI) CosmoSkymed satellites have shown.
And since the Po valley was formed by marine sediment, it amplifies the effect of an earthquake.
But the question raised by INGV’s president Stefano Gresta remains unanswered.
Is there anything anomalous about the past year’s events?
These gas fields were already harvested by Eni.
Now the more difficult gas will be extracted, therefore fracking will also be amplified.
There is a debate about whether fracking can cause an earthquake or not.
Here are a few Research links about the earthquakes, the area, and fracking in the area:
Workers among 16 dead in latest big Italian quake, Mirandola, Italy
In the vid in the diary above, Mirandola is in the center of today's quake cluster.
Po Valley Energy, an Australian firm is a key player in the new fracking exploration/extraction
Po Valley was the first E&P Company to bring new production to the Po Valley region since the end of the ENI-Agip monopoly and the liberalisation of the Italian gas market in 1998.
Po Valley Energy Gas Field Map
Geophysic Map of Potential Gas Fields
March 13, 2012 Article
Texas-based BRS Resources has announced that it has began drilling on its exploration well in Po Valley in Italy. The well is a development well, targeting remaining gas resources in a partially deleted field, the company says.
Italian earthquakes: 800 aftershocks in Emilia-Romagna and 'more to come'
Apennines movement behind 5.8-magnitude quake and other seismic events in north Italy, say experts
Ok, Emilia-Romagna is a huge area. The above-cited article is reporting damage in Modena which is IN THE MIDDLE OF the 6 Quake Cluster outlined in the vid above.
I purposely reserved an opinion on whether the quakes were frack induced.
The point of the diary was to demonstrate the earthquake cluster and I, too, wonder if this is an anomaly seeking an explanation in concert with Stefano Gresta, President of INGV - Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia.
Speaking of which, INGV released a preliminary report for the 6.0 Quake on May 20, 2012:
Some more information on Mirandola, Italy
Mirandola can have low impact (v or less) earthquakes (on average one every 50 years), with occurances at <5 Richter. When an earthquake occurs, it may be felt indoors by many people, outdoors by a few people during the day. At night, some people may be awakened.