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30,000-year-old virus from permafrost is reborn

French scientists said Monday they had revived a giant but harmless virus that had been locked in the Siberian permafrost for more than 30,000 years.
AFP: March 4, 2014

Powerful aftershock hits Greek island of Cephalonia

A strong aftershock rattled the island of Cephalonia in western Greece early on Monday, just a week after a slightly more powerful earthquake hit the region, sending panicked residents fleeing from their homes and damaging buildings.
Yahoo! News: February 3, 2014

Cefalonia rocked by new earthquake

Ten people have sustained light injuries, mostly from falling objects, according to the director of Lixouri hospital, Dionysis Markatos
February 3, 2014

Emergency declared on quake-hit Greek island

Schools were ordered closed and a state of emergency was declared on the Greek island of Kefalonia on Monday after an earthquake damaged homes and injured at least seven people.
Ventura County Star: January 27, 2014

Constantinople in Crisis

June 13, 2011 by Anonymous

The Source: 
Socyberty
Summary: 
Constantinople fell far earlier than 1453, in politics and in culture. The events of 1421-1424 demonstrates the fragile state of the Empire. Constantinople was in the midst of a downward spiral.
Content: 
Constantinople survived the crisis with its walls intact, yet the Byzantine Empire was shattered and reduced to Constantinople itself and a spattering of land surrounding it. The crisis for survival began with the release of Mustafa, a contender to the Ottoman throne from Constantinople. Byzantium had hoped that support for Mustafa would bear strategic fruit and weaken the Ottoman threat. However, Mustafa was quickly defeated by Murad, who had recently won the Ottoman civil war, emerging as Sultan. This failure in strategic calculation led to the siege of Constantinople, Thessaloniki and the ravaging of the Peloponnese. Byzantine Constantinople was able to withstand the siege on the strength of its land walls and with substantial diplomatic cunning. The Theodosian walls, as well as the resolve of the populace and the leadership of John Palaeologos withstood the siege. Diplomatically, Manuel Palaeologos’ support for a contender to Murad’s throne, as well as Byzantine diplomatic missions to the West allowed for its continued survival. Though Constantinople remained, Byzantium lost most of its territory and significantly Thessaloniki was handed to the Venetians. The Byzantine crisis of 1421-24 was within a wider period of Byzantine decline, and must first be examined within this context. Read more: http://socyberty.com/history/constantinople-in-crisis/#ixzz1PBTPG6TY