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Earthquake in Italy kills 91, 1500 injured;
Posted on: 07-04-2009 , 04:: | DY365 Bureau

More than a dozen aftershocks followed after the Monday’s earthquake. The quake hit some 26 towns and cities around L'Aquila, which lies in a valley surrounded by the Apennine Mountains. The small town of Onno, with a population of about 250, was almost levelled. Rescue workers there said the town was virtually deserted as survivors sought shelter elsewhere. One survivor described the quake: "Everything was shaking, everything was falling down."

Domenico Di Bartolomeo, Firefighter
"We managed - slowly, and with an effort that required great patience - to dig with our own hands until we finally reached this girl who was calling us. She said that her name was Francesca, that she was 21 years old, that luckily she could move her hands, so we spoke to her through, and that gave us the enthusiasm we needed to bring about her successful rescue."

Officials said some 10-thousand to 15-thousand buildings were either damaged or destroyed; Evacuees converged on an athletics field on the outskirts of L'Aquila where a makeshift tent camp was being set up. Civil protection officials distributed bread and water to people who lay on the grass next to heaps of their belongings.

Giocondo Dell'Orso, retired Alpine soldier:
"We are setting camp close to here a 100 tents camp, then we are building here a first aid camp of 50 tents and we will set up more."

Meanwhile Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi declared a state of emergency, freeing up federal funds to deal with the disaster, and cancelled his visit to Russia so that he could deal with the quake crisis.This was Italy's deadliest quake since Nov. 23, 1980, when one measuring 6.9-magnitude hit southern regions, levelling villages and causing some 3,000 deaths.


 
 

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