Earthquake Shakes Central Italy – April 6

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Relief workers deal with the immediate aftermath of the earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy. L’Aquila is the capital of Abruzzo in central Italy and was the epicenter of a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in the early hours of Monday, April 6.

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Rescuers work to uncover people buried by the rubble. The earthquake killed over 90 people and injured more than 1,500.

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Rescuer attends to injured man who was recovered from a collapsed building in central L’Aquila, some 70 miles from Rome.

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One of the many historic buildings affected by the quake. (‘Palazzo del Governo’ translates to ‘City Hall.’) L’Aquila was built as a mountain stronghold during the Middle Ages.

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Tens of thousands of people have been left homeless by the earthquake.

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More than a dozen aftershocks followed the earthquake, which happened at 3:32 a.m.

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Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi canceled a trip to Russia and declared a national emergency, freeing up government money for aid and relief.

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From AP reports: “Parts of many of the ancient churches and castles in and around the city have collapsed. Centuries-old churches in many isolated villages in the area are believed partly collapsed, and damage to ancient monuments has been reported as far as Rome.”

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Italian officials estimate that some 10,000-15,000 buildings were damaged or destroyed.

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The earthquake affected 26 towns and cities around L’Aquila, which lies in a valley surrounded by the Apennine mountains.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey

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