Aftershocks hinder rescue in central Italy earthquake tragedy

April 7, 2009

(ChattahBox) — There have been a series of aftershocks perhaps 280 in all since the 6.3 quake early Monday killed at least 207  people, injured more than 1,500 and left tens of thousands homeless.  Officials urged residents to not return home as aftershocks rumbled. A strong 4.9-magnitude aftershock hit at 11:26 a.m Tuesday morning sending firefighters and rescuers from a collapsed dormitory where they have been working frantically to find university students trapped by the powerful earthquake that devastated this central Italian city.

Tuesday’s aftershock appeared strongest in L’Aquila, a city of Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architectural treasures in a valley surrounded by the snowcapped Apennine mountains. Officials say they’re unsure how many people remained trapped in the wreckage. The 6.3-magnitude earthquake would likely have caused only limited damage in Japan and other affluent countries in quake-prone regions, but was especially devastating in this medieval town about a half mile from the epicenter because most of the homes weren’t built to withstand a quake of this magnitude.


One Response to “Aftershocks hinder rescue in central Italy earthquake tragedy”

  1. DiamondJacksCasino on April 7th, 2009 12:49 pm

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