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Mount Etna slowly 'sliding towards the Mediterranean Sea'  

Mount Etna slowly 'sliding towards the Mediterranean Sea'  Mount Etna, Europe’s largest and most active volcano, is slowly sliding towards the Mediterranean Sea, scientists have observed. The entire 3,350m (11,000ft) stratovolcano, located on the east coast of the Italian island of Sicily, is currently moving downslope at an average rate of 14 mm per year – or 1.4 metres over 100 years. Experts have warned the sliding could eventually lead to greater risk of large scale slope failure, which could trigger landslides, however researchers at The Open University emphasised there is currently no sign of that happening. Dr John Murray, lead author of the paper published in the Bulletin of Volcanology, stressed the minute movement currently posed no danger to life, but warned that monitoring the volcano for more significant changes was crucial. “At the moment there is no cause for concern from the sliding of the volcano towards the sea, the movement is just too small,” Dr Murray told The Telegraph. “However, the possibility of things changing in the future needs to be taken seriously, so it is important to keep monitoring the movement.” At a glance | Deadliest volcanic eruptions The UK-led team, who monitored the changes using GPS technology placed around the mountain, found the sliding is lubricated by the weak sediments beneath Etna and the slope of the basement. Dr Murray, who has been working for 49 years studying the active volcanoes of Mount Etna, said if a sector collapse were to occur, the results could be “catastrophic”. “Around one million people live on Etna and its immediate surroundings, so the destruction of property and loss of life could be catastrophic; but I cannot emphasise enough that there is no sign of this happening at the present time,” he explained. “Clearly even the mention of such a dangerous event would be very unnerving for the people who live on Etna, so I am anxious that they don't get the wrong impression.” At a glance | Where are the world's most famous volcanoes? It is the first time basement sliding of an entire active volcano has been directly observed, with the team suggesting that similar edging may be taking place at other active volcanoes such as Mexico’s Volcán de Colima and Mount Teide in Tenerife. Dr Murray said he did not expect the rate of movement to increase, but added: “I regard it as essential to keep measuring our stations, and will be on the lookout for any kind of change in rate of downslope sliding.”



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Biggest LA fire spreading more slowly as survivors pick up the pieces

Biggest LA fire spreading more slowly as survivors pick up the piecesCrews battling wildfires ravaging southern California for a week have managed to slow the spread of the worst of the blazes, officials said Tuesday, as residents were taking stock of the catastrophic damage. Evacuation orders were in place for threatened areas in the Santa Barbara region about 160 kilometers (100 miles) northwest of Los Angeles. In the past day or so, the blaze figure has grown by around a thousand hectares.



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As World Turns More Slowly, We Face Earthquake Boom, Scientists Warn

As World Turns More Slowly, We Face Earthquake Boom, Scientists WarnMore powerful earthquakes could rock the globe in 2018 because of infinitesimal changes in the speed of the Earth’s rotation, scientists warn.



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Puerto Rico Is Recovering Much More Slowly Than Texas and Florida. These Satellite Photos Prove It

Puerto Rico Is Recovering Much More Slowly Than Texas and Florida. These Satellite Photos Prove ItPuerto Rico is still largely without electricity almost a week after Hurricane Maria. These satellite photos show the difficulty ahead



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Senate Republicans slowly turning their backs on Trump

Senate Republicans slowly turning their backs on TrumpWASHINGTON (AP) — There wasn't a dramatic public break or an exact moment it happened. But step by step, Senate Republicans are turning their backs on President Donald Trump.



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Teens filmed, mocked and laughed at a man slowly drowning

Teens filmed, mocked and laughed at a man slowly drowningFlorida police said a group of teenagers filmed the dying moments of a disabled man last week, with the teens cursing, laughing at and mocking the man as he drowned in a fenced-off pond.



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Boy slowly healing after Utah shooting killed mom, brother

Boy slowly healing after Utah shooting killed mom, brotherSANDY, Utah (AP) — A Utah shooting that killed a mother and son and critically injured the boy's brother marks the latest blow for a mourning family that's watching a son who survived a brain aneurysm last year again fighting for his life, a family spokesman said Thursday.



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For African-American families hit hard by the war on drugs, pot comes out of the shadows, but slowly

For African-American families hit hard by the war on drugs, pot comes out of the shadows, but slowlyJesce Horton is the owner of Panacea Valley Gardens, a cultivation center and boutique edibles line serving cannabis patients in Portland, OR. Jesce Horton still remembers the advice his father often imparted to him while he was growing up. Marijuana, said the 34-year-old Horton, was always a big part of those conversations.



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Sunken South Korean ferry slowly emerges three years after disaster

Sunken South Korean ferry slowly emerges three years after disasterBy Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) – A South Korean ferry that sank nearly three years ago, killing 304 people, most of them children on a school trip, slowly emerged from a gray sea on Thursday, a somber reminder of a tragedy that traumatized the country. “We can’t help but feel stunned seeing the ship being raised,” Lee Kum-hee, whose daughter Cho Eun-hwa was one of the nine, told reporters. “The work needs to be done very cautiously,” Lee Cheol-jo, an official at the Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries, which is in charge of the operation, told a briefing.



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