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| (ANSA) – L’Aquila, April 7 – Italy may accept help from the United States following the L’Aquila earthquake, Premier Silvio Berlusconi said Tuesday.
After initially turning down offers of help that have poured in from abroad, Berlusconi appeared to change his mind after receiving ”a long phone call” from US President Barack Obama as he toured temporary camps set up to house those who had lost their homes in the disaster.
”If the United States wants to give a tangible sign of its solidarity with Italy it could take on the responsibility of rebuilding heritage sites and churches,” Berlusconi said.
”We would be very happy to have this support”.
The premier said Obama had said this was ”an excellent idea” and would discuss it when the two leaders meet in Washington on a date yet to be set.
Berlusconi said another alternative would be for the US to help rebuild ”a small district of a town or a suburb” so that it could say ”this was done with our contribution”.
Many historic buildings and churches in L’Aquila were destroyed or damaged in Monday’s earthquake, including the apse of the Abruzzo city’s largest Romanesque church, the 13th-century Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio, and the cupola of the 17th-century Anime Sante church designed by Giuseppe Valadier.
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Pope offers condolences to victims of Italian earthquake
By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Just hours after an earthquake hit the city and province of L’Aquila in central Italy, causing more than 200 deaths and major damage to churches and other buildings, Pope Benedict XVI offered his prayers for the dead, their loved ones and rescue workers.
The quake struck April 6 at 3:30 a.m. local time and was felt strongly even in Rome, about 70 miles west of L’Aquila.
Among the victims was Abbess Gemma Antonucci, head of the Poor Clares’ Convent of St. Clare in Paganica, outside L’Aquila.
In an interview with SIR, the news agency of the Italian bishops’ conference, Father Dionisio Rodriguez Cuartas, the pastor in Paganica and director of Caritas L’Aquila, said the roof of the Poor Clares’ convent caved in.
In the early afternoon, rescue workers were able to recover the body of the abbess and to free another nun from the debris. Two of the dozen members of the community were hospitalized with broken bones; the others were unharmed.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said April 7 that 207 people were confirmed dead and 15 people were still missing and feared dead. In the first 36 hours after the quake, more than 150 people were extracted alive from fallen buildings, he said.
The government also estimated that 17,000 people were left homeless; 6,000 hotel rooms on Italy’s Adriatic coast were opened to those whose homes were destroyed, tent cities were erected and the Italian train company sent sleeper carriages to the area.
Using different measuring methods, Italian seismologists said the main quake registered a magnitude of between 5.8 and 6.3 on the Richter scale.
In a telegram to Archbishop Giuseppe Molinari of L’Aquila, the Vatican secretary of state said Pope Benedict had asked him to convey his “participation in the pain of the dear population struck by this tragic event.”
“In assuring fervid prayers for the victims, particularly the children, His Holiness invokes the Lord to comfort the families, and while he addresses affectionate words of encouragement to the survivors and those involved in the rescue operations, he sends all a special apostolic blessing,” Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone told the archbishop.
Archbishop Molinari told SIR that many of the churches in his diocese had been damaged or totally destroyed; his residence and chancery also were heavily damaged.
The region had been experiencing small quakes for weeks, he said.
“Thank God I was not in my room asleep because I did not feel very safe,” he said; instead he went to his office to deal with paperwork.
As soon as the quake hit, he left the building with a priest and the nuns he lives with, the archbishop said.
“The most beautiful churches” in L’Aquila and nearby towns were destroyed, he said, listing five buildings. And, like the Poor Clares’ convent, the cathedral was damaged when several sections of the roof caved in.
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About April 2009 Central Italy Earthquake
A 6.3 Ritcher scale magnitude earthquake rocked Central Italy 8:30 p.m. EDT according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The USGS has first reported the intensity to be 6.7 but later down warded it to 6.3 (USGS Event Id: us2009fcaf). The Italian state television station said that Aguila’s public safety officials report the quake to be at 5.8. The quake at Ravenna is measured at 4.6 magnitude. The epicenter of the earthquake is reported at the mountainous L’Aquila, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) North East of Rome, 70 km (40 miles) West of Pescara, Italy, 115 km (70 miles) South-East of Perugia, Italy, 135 km (85 miles) South of Ancona, Italy. L’Aquila is a Medieval fortress hill town. The epicenter of the quake is measured at Monday, April 06, 2009 at 03:32:42 AM. The earthquake is a result of result of normal faulting on a NW-SE oriented structure in the central Apennines, a mountain belt that runs from the Gulf of Taranto in the south to the southern edge of the Po basin in northern Italy. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre reports a 6.2 magnitude quake reported at the Abrutian Apennine at 01:32:41.4 UTC at a depth of 2 km.
Causalities, deaths and damage
Many buildings including a university residence and a church tower in l’Aquila, capital of the Abruzzo region are reported to have collapsed due to the earthquake intensity. Cars alarms began to buzz. Electricity, telephone and gas lines are damaged due to the aftershocks. Italian television channels began to show pictures of rubbles of the collapsed buildings. Two deaths are reported in Fossa. About 80,000 residents from L’Aquila have gathered and sheltered at central Piazza Duomo (uncofirmed report). At least 13 people are reported to have been dead and 8 others missing according to initial reports that emerged within few minutes of the quake. There are no immediate large scale causalities because of the quake though.
Update at Monday, April 6, 2009 at 09:00 UTC
The death toll in the Italian quake is now at 27 and thousands are reported to have become homeless. Four children are dead in Aquila after the roof of the their house fell. Rescue operations have begun. Italy has thousands of century old buildings in poor repair condition. Historic Italian churches and heritage buildings are reported to have got damaged. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has declared a state of emergency and postponed his tour to a summit where he will be meeting a summit with Russian President Dimitry Medvedev. Public safety officials said the quake was exceptionally deep at 28 kilometers. The quake in Rome is experienced for a minute. Guido Bertolaso, head of the Civil Protection Authority admitted that several small tremors are reported before the devastating quake but the evacuation of the region was not possible.
Update at Monday, April 6, 2009 at 15:00 UTC
Death toll in the quake now reaches to 92 with more deaths likely to be reported. At least 70,000 became homeless. Italian Prime Minister says sleeping facilities including 4000 hotel rooms for 10,000 people and 4,000 rescue workers have been made available. 2000 tents that can house a family of 8-10 members are made available. Italy is likely to ask the European Union for financial help. Temperatures in the region have dipped to 5 degrees celsicus and but day temperature would be at 17 degrees. The Italian S&P/MIB index fell 1.8 percent to 16,601 at 2:40 p.m. in Milan making it the biggest drop amongst European five stock markets. Insurance companies are the biggest losers. A cabinet meeting approved necessary relief funds. Few hospitals are evacuated to avoid risk of collapse in case the earthquake recurs.
Update at Monday, April 6, 2009 at 18:55:28 UTC
Giuseppe Proietti, Secretary General of the Italian Culture Ministry said that there is a ?significant damage to monuments? at L?Aquila. The rear part of the apse of the Romanesque basilica of Santa Maria di Collemaggio restored in the 20th century is one such monument that suffered the shake of the earthquake. National Museum of Abruzzo?s third floor was damaged. The museum is housed in a 16th century castle. Porta Napoli, built in 1548 in honor of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V was damaged.
Meanwhile, the death toll due to the quake is now reported to be over 150. At least 1500 are reported to have been injured. The United States sending its heartfelt condolences to the family of the quake-hit said it will provide 50,000 dollars via the US Embassy in Rome.
Euronews reported of a scientist, Giampaolo Giuliani, who predicted that the earthquake will hit in about 6 to 24 hours. The first tremors of the quake were felt in the region as early as the middle of January and continued since then at regular intervals hinting that the region will be severely hit sooner or later.
Update at Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 02:04:00 UTC
The updated figures show over 100 killed in the Italian earthquake and tens of thousands of people being rendered homeless. As many as 130 deaths are reported in the Central region itself. Rescue workers toiled all night in their search for people who might be surviving in the rubbles. Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon offered condolences to the people of Italy over the loss of life caused by the earthquake. Switzerland offered any immediate help that Italy might be needing. A 23-year old student, Hussein Hamada, who is from Galilee’s village of Kaboul is reported to be missing. A Filipino is injured.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in a press conference today in L’Aquila said that about 150 people are rescued from the rubbles and vowed to rebuilt Italy. The Italian Red Cross has put 400 workers in the area and delivered 10,000 blankets and provided 10,000 hot meals. BBC reports that about 1000 people are injured and 17,000 were left homeless due to the earthquake. 38 of the 350 people population of Onna are killed due to the quake. Bloomberg reports the death toll at 179. The Earth Sciences Department at Durham University is studying the quake. The University study team is using a laser scanner will be used to create three-dimensional images of fault surfaces. Professor Bob Holdsworth is the Head of the Earth Sciences.
April 2009 Central Italy Earthquake in recent news
My note – I thought , that family information could be foundmaybe through the Embassies, the Red Cross family services or the Catholic church, particularly their relief services / lay services websites or local government rescue services websites.
Its probably still impossible for phones but short of calling hotels in the area, snowmobilers, snowboarder groups, ski associations or something like that – I don’t know. Ham radio networks used to be able to interact when nothing else could but not text messaging through the younger people seems to be the most real time info. It seems to work sometimes when even calls and cellphones don’t get through otherwise.
Reporters are obviously getting into the area, emergency and some charitable volunteer organizations, certain government people, student groups are probably interacting about their friends who are there and some science community members are moving through the area including the geophysics, geologists and others in historical sciences, because of damage to the buildings, or physical sciences, placing seismic monitors and examining the original damage before bulldozers knock down the remaining structures that are beyond repair.
– cricketdiane, 04-07-09
Italy earthquake deaths soar – PM
Italian rescuers are continuing to search for survivors under buildings wrecked by a devastating earthquake which killed at least 207 people.
With 1,500 injured and some 17,000 homeless after Monday’s quake struck L’Aquila and its region, many survivors spent the night in shelters.
One woman was rescued alive almost 23 hours after the quake, but 34 people are still thought to be missing.
Strong aftershocks were continuing almost 36 hours after the quake hit.
One was strong enough to move furniture in buildings in Rome, 95km (60 miles) away.
Rescuers were forced to briefly postpone their efforts as the after-shocks dislodged more rubble from buildings.
It remained a very difficult and dangerous job as rubble was still moving and houses could still collapse, says BBC correspondent Duncan Kennedy in Onna, a badly damaged village in the region.
As rescue efforts continued:
Survivors spent the night in hotels or at one of several tent camps which has been erected in the medieval hill city.
However, many preferred to sleep in their cars near their homes rather than to move to the camps.
At one tent city, volunteers handed out blankets, food and water to evacuees numbering 600.
Camp co-ordinator Paolo Diani said they were having to prioritise inadequate resources.
“As far as this first night is concerned, we gave shelter to elderly people and children, while we wait for more tents for everybody.
“And the tents will arrive tomorrow for all the population.”
One charity said children would need help to recover from the trauma of the quake.
Save the Children’s John Bugge said: “The children are showing signs of emotional stress – uncontrollable crying, fear of the dark.”
“And these are all normal signs and we would expect that in children.”
Many houses in L’Aquila have been reduced to rubble, and the streets are dotted with crushed cars.
Pouring rain overnight turned brick dust into a white sludge, hampering emergency workers as they moved bricks and broken pieces of wood with their bare hands.
Several people were arrested for looting and police were patrolling the area monitoring buildings ripped open by the quake, Reuters reported.
In the nearby village of Onna, with a population 350, the quake killed at least 38 people and flattened buildings.
Evidence of the human tragedy of the quake is evident, with personal belongings among from the rubble of houses, says our correspondent in Onna.
Heavy equipment was being used to shift debris, while searchers were still looking for survivors.
One Onna resident who sheltered in a tent overnight said: “All of my family survived, and my friends too, but there are so many dead, so many dead in our blighted village.
“My husband helped the rescue workers and he pulled bodies out with his bare hands. It’s just a nightmare,” she was reported as saying by AFP news agency.
At least 5,000 rescue workers are in the region and hospitals have appealed for help from doctors and nurses throughout Italy.
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who was due to visit L’Aquila on Tuesday, has said the country has the resources to handle the disaster.
Between 3,000 and 10,000 buildings are thought to have been damaged in L’Aquila, making the 13th-Century city of 70,000 uninhabitable for some time.
Parts of many of the ancient churches and castles in and around the city have collapsed.
L’Aquila is considered one of Italy’s architectural treasures, but the age of the buildings makes them vulnerable to quakes.
“The damage is more serious than we can imagine,” Giuseppe Proietti, a culture ministry official in Rome, told the Associated Press news agency.
“The historic centre of L’Aquila has been devastated.”
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Pope: Condolences for earthquake victims in Abruzzo, Italy
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
An earthquake of 5.8 on the Richter scale took place at 3:32 a.m. (local time), with its epicenter in Abruzzo, about 10 kilometers from L’Aquila. The tentative victim tally, which is certainly destined to increase, is 50 dead, hundreds injured, and thousands displaced. The victims include at least five children.
In the telegram, signed by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state, the pope pledges his “fervent prayers for the victims, in particular the children,” and “calls upon the Lord for comfort for their relatives.”
Aid operations began immediately in the region, but they are obstructed by the constant aftershocks that threaten to collapse the damaged buildings. Hundreds of buildings have already crumbled, and thousands are too badly damaged to be used. There could be 45-50,000 people displaced.
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07 April 2009
Aerial view of collapsed buildings around L’aquila April 6, 2009. A powerful earthquake struck central Italy early on Monday, killing more than 100 people, making up to 50,000 homeless and flattening entire medieval towns while residents slept.
A team from Caritas Italiana is in the city of L’Aquila to assess needs and coordinate relief efforts following yesterday’s 6.3 earthquake.
The disaster has left over 200 people dead and thousands more injured after it hit central Italy. The powerful earthquake, which happened in the early hours of Monday morning, flattened whole buildings and left an estimated 17,000 people homeless.
“In one tremor, whole streets came down,” said Fr Vittorio Nozza, director of Caritas Italiana. “Even compared to previous earthquakes in 2002 and 1997, I’ve never seen such devastation.”
“Caritas is working among those made homeless by the earthquake, and is focusing in particular on helping the vulnerable such as children and the elderly. We’re providing psychological support to help people pull through the disaster,” he said.
Caritas is currently assessing the needs of those affected and it is coordinating local efforts to provide relief.
It has set up a coordination centre outside L’Aquila to collect and redistribute food, blankets, hygiene items and clothes.
The director of Caritas Paganica will celebrate Easter Sunday mass on a sports field in the town for those affected by the earthquake. The church of Paganica, which is ten minutes away from L’Aquila, was damaged by the tremors.
“Easter Sunday offers a sign of hope and optimism,” says Don Dionisio Rodriguez, director of Caritas Aquila and parish priest of Paganica. “People aren’t feeling much joy at the moment, but Easter Sunday provides us with a sign of life and renewal.”
Caritas Italiana has also appealed for funds to help the relief effort. Meanwhile, it has set aside 100,000 euro to provide assistance to the people of L’Aquila and the surrounding area.
Caritas members from near and far have offered their solidarity and support as rescue efforts continue.
Caritas staff report that anxiety among the population is high, and further tremors today have left people feeling very vulnerable.
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Italian earthquakes: timeline
Italy’s precarious position on two fault lines makes it one of the most volatile earthquake areas in Europe.
Only hours before the early morning disaster, a 4.6-magnitude earthquake struck near the port of Ravenna in Italy’s north-central region.
No one was injured, but it was yet another tremor in a country which has suffered years of quake destruction.
On Call International, a medical and travel assistance company reportedly has announced an emergency hotline to aid the family and friends of travelers visiting Italy. The hotline has been set up to help people visiting the victims of the recent earthquake that shook the city of L’Aquila, located around 60 miles north of Rome.
If you are trying to connect to people traveling or living in the region, you can call the On Call International hotline: 800-576-5172. The company is also offering another number: 603-328-1924 and request the callers to be ready with as much information as possible. It will be helpful if you have details like the name of the tour operator, itineraries, hotel information, or cell phone numbers.
On Call International is a provider of customized medical, security and travel assistance for international business and leisure travelers, as well as expatriates, students and others away from home. The company specializes in emergency evacuations from any point on the globe.
The company was in news this February for signing a new partnership with
Travel Insured International, a major travel insurance provider. Both companies have joined hands for the promotion of safe travel and offer travel protection products for anyone planning a trip away from home.
Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha’s article, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Jessica Kostek
Video: Strong Aftershocks Hit Italy; Survivor Found The Associated Press <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-GcoXdwebc”>Video: Strong Aftershocks Hit Italy; Survivor Found </a> <span class=”source”>The Associated Press</span>
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|MAP||5.6||2009/04/07 17:47:38||42.349||13.405||13.1||CENTRAL ITALY|
(announced as 7:45 p.m. Italy – L’Aquila tima)
This is very nifty – I was looking up fault lines maps and found this:
which came from this site and it is amazing – but not a good place to find fault lines – it contains all sorts of strangely constructed globe values – very interesting – very cool –