Thursday, April 09, 2009

Earthquake at L'Aquila

The Holy Father says that he will visit the earthquake-damaged Italian city of L'Aquila in the near future. According to Wikipedia:
Earthquakes mark the history of L'Aquila, which is situated on a ancient lake-bed that amplifies seismic waves. The city was stricken by earthquakes on December 3, 1315, January 22, 1349, in 1452, 1501, 1646, 1703, 1706, and most recently on April 6, 2009, at 01:32 GMT (03:32 CEST), when an earthquake of 6.3 magnitude struck central Italy with its epicentre near L'Aquila, at 42.4228°N 13.3945°E. Many buildings in L'Aquila were damaged. Italian media reports confirmed that many historic buildings collapsed in the centre of the city, and there are at least 275 known deaths, 1,500 people injured, and many more made homeless, according to Civil Protection Chief Guido Bertolaso. There were many students trapped in a partially collapsed dormitory. It was felt throughout Abruzzo; as far away as Rome, other parts of Lazio, Molise, Umbria, and Campania.
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