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Italian Earthquake, 6.3, damage, at least 250 dead

A strong earthquake hit Italy, about 60m north of Rome, measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale around 0135 GMT, (3:35 am)… many reports of damage, now reported over 250 dead at least minister says, four children among them…. many old buildings and structures collapsed. Aftershocks are numerous and still dangerous, and Pope Benedict XVI has said he will visit the affected areas “soon”. The main hospital has partially collapsed… Italy and earthquakes have a history of casualties, primarily because so many of the buildings and homes are very old, or built on very ancient foundations, so I hope against hope that this one breaks the pattern… The BBC below has already the video and pictures and seem to be following best out of all major media for English, the best Italian coverage with updates news and images is at La Stampanyt has a slideshow up… IlCentro has good Italia coverage… Berlusconi has now declared a state of emergency.

USGS data:

* Monday, April 06, 2009 at 01:32:42 UTC
* Monday, April 06, 2009 at 03:32:42 AM at epicenter
Location	42.423°N, 13.395°E
Depth	10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Distances	70 km (40 miles) W of Pescara, Italy
95 km (60 miles) NE of ROME, Italy
115 km (70 miles) SE of Perugia, Italy
135 km (85 miles) S of Ancona, Italy
Location Uncertainty, horizontal +/- 4.6 km

“A civil protection official said 3,000 to 10,000 buildings in the medieval city may have been damaged. And as many as 50,000 people are feared to have been made homeless.” [via BBC coverage]

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has signed the decree on the state of necessity following the quake in Abruzzo. Undersecretary for civil defence Guido Bertolaso is now in charge of coordinating all State assistance, announced Silvio Berlusconi. [via AGI]

Interior Minister Roberto Maroni gave the death toll as 50, while a spokesman for Italy’s Civil Protection Agency said on national televisionthat an estimated 40,000 to 50,000 people had been left homeless by the quake. The epicenter was in L’Aquila, a picturesque Medieval fortress hill town, where at least eight people died and more were trapped under rubble, officials said. Aftershocks shuddered through the area, hampering rescue efforts as people clawed through the debris by hand, frantically seeking survivors.” [via nytimes]


bbc - location map

A number of people were reported to have been injured and others trapped under rubble in the area where the city of l’Aquila is situated, but officials had few details on the situation. The quake struck at about 3.35 a.m. (0135 GMT) and was centered in the mountainous Abruzzo region east of Rome. [via nytimes]

Damage to Historical Monuments: There is a lot of damage to historical buildings being reported… along the lines of the earlier Cologne historical archive (Köln Archiv) collapse and implosion… although the area was mostly rebuilt after a previous devastating earthquake in 1703, which destroyed much of the medieval historical era buildings:

Giuseppe Proietti, secretary general of the Italian Culture Ministry, stated: “the earthquake caused “significant damage to monuments,”” in L’Aquila.

In L’Aquila:
The Romanesque basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio: collapsed.
Two churches in the historic center cracked open.

In Abruzzo:
The third floor of the 16th-century castle that houses the National Museum of Abruzzo is damaged.. status of the art collection unknown.
Porta Napoli, built in 1548 in honor of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, is destroyed.

In Rome:
The Baths of Caracalla severly damaged.

[sources] – i will try and find out more about what is damaged, although the main concern right now is clearly to rescue people from the rubble and damage.

More news dribbling in…

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