Earthquake in Italy


From British daily The Guardian:

At least 27 killed in Italy earthquake. Five children among dead and 30 missing after 6.3-magnitude quake hits 70 miles north-east of Rome

See also here.

Update: the death toll has risen to 50.

Later update: the death toll has risen to 92, and probably more.

Later update: death toll over 100.

Italy earthquake leaves 130 dead and scores more trapped under rubble: here.

7 thoughts on “Earthquake in Italy

  1. Ecco come è stato trattato un ricercatore che già da gennaio aveva lanciato l’allarme su un imminente terremoto in abruzzo, ma in Italia le cose vanno sempre così….

    (ASCA) – Roma, 6 apr – ”Ci sono persone che devono chiedermi scusa e che avranno sulla coscienza il peso di quello che e’ accaduto”. Queste le parole ad una tv locale di Gioacchino Giuliani, ricercatore ai laboratori del Gran Sasso dell’Istituto nazionale di fisica nucleare inventore di un sistema per prevedere i terremoti, denunciato dala Protezione civile per procurato allarme. Giuliani, intervistato il 24 marzo dal blog DonneDemocratiche.it e ad una tv locale, aveva infatti annunciato un possibile terremoto grazie ai dati rilevati dalle sue strumentazioni attraverso i livelli di radon liberati dalla terra. Le scosse che hanno interessato la zona abruzzese hanno avuto inizio il 18 gennaio con i primi rilevamenti della Protezione Civile e si sono susseguite il 24 e il 30 gennaio proseguendo per tutto il mese di febbraio con 7 eventi sismici e il mese di marzo con 8 scosse. Il bilancio totale delle scosse tenendo conto anche di quelle rilevate ad aprile (7) sono superiori a 20. ”Questa notte – ha aggiunto Giuliani – non sapevo piu’ a chi rivolgermi, vedevo la situazione che stava precipitando e io non potevo fare nulla perche’ ho ricevuto un avviso di garanzia per aver detto che ci sarebbe stato un terremoto”. Il ricercatore poi riferendosi al Capo della Protezione Civile Guido Bertolaso ha affermato: ”Di me sono state dette delle cose tremende. Mi hanno dato dell’imbecille, perche’ i terremoti non si possono prevedere. Ma era una situazione creata ad arte. Mi devono chiedere scusa sulle pagine dei giornali nazionali. Queste persone portano sulla coscienza un peso enorme”.

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  2. Quake: Toll rises to 50
    Cabinet to meet at 17: 00 GMT
    (ANSA) – Rome, April 6 – At least 50 people including five children were killed in a large earthquake that hit the city of L’Aquila and neighbouring towns east of Rome early Monday, Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said.

    He said the thousands of people left homeless would be accommodated in hotels or temporary structures that were being put up.

    The 5.8 magnitude quake injured thousands and left many more trapped in the rubble.

    ”It’s the worst tragedy since the start of the millennium,” said Civil Protection chief Guido Bertolaso who is leading a huge rescue operation.

    Survivors were digging through the rubble, some with their bare hands, in five areas of the city where buildings had collapses ”like cardboard,” eye witnesses said.

    As Pope Benedict XVI prayed for the victims, especially the children, Premier Silvio Berlusconi cancelled a visit to Moscow to rush to the scene and several countries offered aid. A cabinet meeting has been set for 19.00 Italian time (17:00 GMT).

    Scenes of the disaster opened news bulletins and hit websites worldwide, with pictures of the dead in streets and the frantic rescue efforts. The quake, which hit at 3:30 a.m. (01:30 GMT), had its epicentre just outside L’Aquila, a medieval city with 68,000 inhabitants 100 km (60 miles) east of Rome.

    It was felt as far away as Rome where people were woken up as buildings shook. At least 26 towns and villages were hit by the tremor in and around L’Aquila, the capital of the mountainous Abruzzo region.

    It was the worst quake in size since 1997 when ten people were killed and massive damage done in and around Assisi.

    The toll was the worst since 2002 when 20 died in a school near Naples.

    Several countries and the European Union offered Italy aid.

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  3. 2009-04-06 14:36
    Quake: 92 deaths
    Toll expected to rise
    (ANSA) – L’Aquila, April 6 – The death toll from Monday’s earthquake in L’Aquila rose to 92 at 14:30 or 11 hours after the quake, rescuers said.

    The toll is expected to rise as teams recover more bodies, they said.

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  4. Quake: Over 100 dead, 1, 500 injured
    Rescuers continue to dig through rubble
    (ANSA) – Rome, April 6 – Monday’s earthquake in central Italy left over 100 dead, 1,500 injured and some 70,000 homeless, officials said 14 hours after the disaster, Italy’s biggest quake in almost 30 years.

    The official death toll was set at 91 but rescuers said they had pulled over 108 bodies from rubble in the Abruzzo capital L’Aquila and neighbouring towns and that numbers were set to rise.

    Italian Police Chief Antonio Manganelli said the 6.2 magnitude quake which hit at 03:33 local time (01:33 GMT) quake had left ”a horrible scene of death and destruction”.

    One foreign national has so far been found among those killed, a female student from the Czech republic. Some 4,000 rescuers were at work and Italy will have access to the European Union’s disaster fund, said Premier Silvio Berlusconi who cancelled a trip to Moscow to be at the scene. Helicopters were taking the most badly injured to hospital while many minor casualties were driving, or being driven, to Rome. Some 2,000 tents were being put up for the homeless, each able to house 8-10 people, empty couchette trains were also being made available, and the fire service thought it could find temporary lodgings for 2,000 more, Berlusconi said. Abruzzo Governor Gianni Chiodi said some 10,000 of the displaced could be moved to hotels on the coast. Berlusconi urged citizens not to stay indoors because of the risk of aftershocks or new quakes.

    Messages of condolences and offers of help from countries including Serbia, Romania, Kosovo, Malta and Albania poured in Monday afternoon to join those of the European Union, the Vatican, the United States, Russia, Germany, France, Greece, Israel, Poland and Afghanistan.

    Three people were meanwhile taken into custody after allegedly being caught looting in the centre of L’Aquila. The earthquake was Italy’s worst since 2,570 people were killed southeast of Naples in 1980. The two most recent big quakes were in 1997 when 11 died in a tremor that damaged churches in Assisi and in 2002 when 27 school children and one teacher were killed in the collapse of a school east of Naples.

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  5. A poche ore dal terremoto che ha colpito violentemente l’Abruzzo, scoppia la polemica sulla sottovalutazione dell’allarme. Nei giorni scorsi, infatti, il tecnico dei Laboratori nazionali del Gran Sasso, Giampaolo Giuliani, aveva sostenuto che lo sciame sismico in corso potesse essere il preannuncio di un evento più forte. Parole che avevano fatto scattare l’accusa di allarmismo, tanto da ricevere un avviso di garanzia. “E’ falso. E’ falso. E’ falso”, si sfoga Giuliani intervistato dal quotidiano online Affaritaliani.

    Poi riparte all’attacco: “E’ stato proditoriamente architettato perche’ io potessi essere messo a tacere, addirittura con un avviso di garanzia. E ho le prove che e’ falso. Sono stati Boschi (il presidente dell’Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, ndr) e Bertolaso, dai quali vorro’ le scuse per tutti i morti che ci sono stati oggi a l’Aquila, perche’ hanno dichiarato il falso domenica scorsa e ho i testimoni. Le loro dichiarazioni sono false. La mia previsione purtroppo era giusta”. Pero’ non l’hanno ascoltata…? “Ma figuriamoci se questi ascoltano qualcuno. Figuriamoci. Non mi faccia dire di piu’, gia’ ho un avviso di garanzia in corso, sicuramente mi faranno…”.

    Dalla Protezioni civile, però, si respinge ogni accusa. ”Non abbiamo sottovalutato il problema. Nei giorni scorsi si e’ riunita la commissione sismica grandi rischi e nel verbale redatto, com’e’ logico che sia, non hanno ritenuto di lanciare alcun allarme sull’arrivo di terremoti”, afferma il portavoce della Protezione civile Luca Spoletini.
    E infatti è sotto gli occhi di tutti noi come è andata poi a finire…

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