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You Don’t Expect to See This in Italy

Monday, April 6, 2009, 22:11 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

An earthquake earlier today in L’Aquila, the capital of Abruzzo province in central Italy, killed dozens, injured hundreds, and left tens of thousands homeless. According to the Guardian:

The 6.3-magnitude tremor, which struck at 3.32am local time (2.32am BST), was the country’s deadliest since the Irpinia quake in the south in November 1980, which killed more than 2,500 people.

More than 1,000 rescue workers were this afternoon scrambling to reach those trapped in collapsed buildings.

[ . . . ]

Up to 50,000 people may have been left homeless by this morning’s quake, a spokesman for Italy’s civil protection agency said. The need for shelter is all the more urgent in a region where night-time temperatures remain just above 5C (41F).

L’Aquila is about 40 miles from the town where my grandfather grew up.

To make a donation for disaster relief, go to the Italian Red Cross web site and look for the link below "Donazioni on line" (Donate online). You can donate using Visa or MasterCard. If you need help reading the page, try Google Translator and scroll down the page until you see "Translate a web page," enter http://www.cri.it/donazioni as the web address, and select Italian to English.

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