Dozens Dead And Thousands Left Homeless By Italy Earthquake

Source : http://www.timesonline.co.uk

At least 27 people, including five children were killed when an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale destroyed hundreds of homes in central Italy early this morning.

Scores more are missing after the earthquake struck at 3.32am (0132 GMT) near l'Aquila in the mountainous region of Abruzzo 60 miles (95 kilometres) north of Rome.

Dawn revealed a scene of devastation in the town, the epicentre of the earthquake, as rubble blocked the streets and rescue workers desperately searched for survivors in the ruins of the collapsed buildings.

The death toll rose through the night and is expected to keep rising, according to police.

At least half a dozen university students remain trapped after their dormitory in l'Aquila was destroyed, according to Italy's RAI TV. A student who was not named told RAI they were awakened by the earthquake and ran down the stairs of the dormitory before the roof collapsed.

Police confirmed that five people were killed in the small town of Castelnuovo, and four children died in hospital in l'Aquila, three miles from the quake's epicenter, according to the Italian news agency ANSA. An elderly woman and a child were also crushed when their home collapsed in the nearby town of Fossa.

More detailed informations including maps can be found on the Earthquake Hazards Program website.

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Increasing deaths toll.

admin 41 weeks 5 days 15 hours 46 min ago

According to lastest news, officials say than at least 70 people have been killed in the L'Aquila earthquake (central Italy) and that 1,500 people have been injured.

Italy Earthquake Details

Keiros 41 weeks 5 days 20 hours 44 min ago

According to the U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards Program (USGS), the earthquake that occured in Italy on 2009 April 06 01:32:42 UTC had a magnitude of 6.3 on the Richter Scale.

First reports gave a magnitude of 6.7 while the Italy's National Institute of Geophysics put it at 5.8.

It could seem futile to argue about these numbers when many people have lost their lifes, but it is important to get the correct magnitude as it could raise important questions about building regulation in the region.

Correctly built buildings are supposed to resist earthquakes below 6 with only minor damages, as it happened less than 4 month ago in Parma (northern Italy) where a 5.1 earthquake only interrupted train services for a few hours on 24 december 2008.

Seems that the magnitude was

Laura 41 weeks 5 days 16 hours 37 min ago

Seems that the magnitude was really 6.3, which is considered as strong on the Richter Scale.

According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, two weaker earthquakes 4.0 and 3.5 were recorded in the same area at 20:48 and 22:39 GMT.

I'm not an expert, but I think that two quakes at the same spot in less than 2 hours should have rung a bell.

Hi Laura, that's not so easy.

admin 41 weeks 5 days 16 hours 10 min ago

Hi Laura, that's not so easy. Minor to light earthquakes (scaling from 2 to 4) are recorded quite every day in Italy. It seems difficult to alert people and ask them to leave their home each time a so frequent phenomenon occurs. It would even be counterproductive, as people would get used to alerts and would not take them seriously.


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