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PostSubject: Italian Earthquake kills 100   Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:53 pm

A VIOLENT earthquake rocked central Italy yesterday killing at least 100 people, injuring 1,500 and devastating a walled medieval town where buildings and homes were reduced to rubble.

Rescuers scrambled to find victims trapped under collapsed dwellings in L'Aquila, the quake's epicentre, and officials warned the toll would rise.

Some 50,000 people were made homeless, emergency services said. Many residents fled L'Aquila, some on foot.

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi declared a state of emergency and cancelled a trip to Russia in order to visit the crushed capital of the Abruzzo region, about 100km northeast of Rome.

Rescue workers said at least 100 people were killed, Italian media said, while Berlusconi told a news conference here that 1500 people were injured, adding that a student from the Czech Republic was among the dead.

The quake struck just after 3.30am local time (1130 AEST) and lasted about 30 seconds, bringing down many Renaissance era and Baroque buildings, including the dome on one of L'Aquila's centuries-old churches. The city's cathedral was also damaged.

Roofs caved in on sleeping inhabitants and boulders fell off mountain slopes blocking many roads.

At least five children were among the dead in L'Aquila, according to police quoted by ANSA news agency.

The earthquake measured magnitude 6.2, according to the Italian geophysical institute.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,,25301522-23109,00.html

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PostSubject: Re: Italian Earthquake kills 100   Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:42 pm

**DEATH TOLL RISES TO 150**

AT least 150 people have been killed by a powerful earthquake that hit central Italy yesterday.

Emergency services are rushing to find victims trapped under thousands of collapsed homes and buildings and warned the toll would rise significantly.

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said he had declared a state of emergency.

L'Aquila, capital of Abruzzo region, about 100km north of Rome, bore the brunt of the 6.3 magnitude quake which struck just after 3.30am (11.30 AEDT).

Sirens blared across the city as rescue workers raced to find people in the rubble.

Thousands of the city's 60,000 residents fled into the streets fearing aftershocks.

Hundreds, some in shock and others sobbing, waited outside L'Aquila's main hospital for treatment, ANSA news agency reported.

Doctors treated people in the open air as only one operating room was functioning, the agency said.

The city's university hospital was declared off limits for fear it would collapse and the worst victims were being taken by helicopter to other cities.

"There have been 1500 injured so far'', Mr Berlusconi said.

"I want to say something important, no one will be abandoned to his fate,'' he said.

He said a tent village was being set up that could accommodate between 16,000 and 20,000 people.

About 50,000 people have been made homeless by the quake, emergency services said.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,,25301456-2,00.html

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PostSubject: Re: Italian Earthquake kills 100   Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:48 pm

the death count last night was over 200
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PostSubject: Re: Italian Earthquake kills 100   Fri Apr 24, 2009 4:05 am

And it had since risen. Sad

Terrible, terrible, incident. Sad
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