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Powerful Italian quake kills many

Posted by alec8c on March 2, 2010


Link to video and audio talk: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/7984867.stm

As you probably know an earthquake has hit Italy pretty badly, here’s some information from the BBC on it:

At least 90 people are believed dead and tens of thousands homeless after an earthquake hit L’Aquila and other towns in central Italy, rescuers say.

About 1,500 people were injured and many people are still missing as rescuers search desperately for survivors trapped beneath rubble.

The 6.3-magnitude quake struck at 0330 (0130 GMT) close to L’Aquila.

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is in the city, has promised a “record number of rescuers”.

“Nobody has been left on their own,” he said, adding that a field hospital was being set up to help local medical services. Earlier, he declared a state of emergency.

Altogether, 26 cities and towns have been damaged, officials say. In L’Aquila, 95km (60 miles) north-east of Rome, between 3,000 and 10,000 buildings in the medieval city may have been damaged.

Between 30,000 and 40,000 people are believed to have lost their homes and the authorities are working to find them shelter before nightfall.

The BBC’s Duncan Kennedy in L’Aquila described bemused and confused locals wrapped in blankets and carrying their personal belongings in suitcases walking, like a stream of refugees, through the devastation.

The rescue service is stretched to breaking point as it tries to reach all the devastated buildings and deal with the mounting casualty toll, our correspondent adds.

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One Response to “Powerful Italian quake kills many”

  1. Lindy said

    Thanks – I had bean meaning to get around to that!Well done.

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