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Operation Blessing International responding to Italy quake


VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (April 6, 2009) – The humanitarian organization Operation Blessing International is sending its director of international disaster relief, David Darg, to Italy to assist with relief and recovery operations in response to the deadly earthquake that struck central Italy early Monday.

Darg, who for the last year has led the charity’s earthquake response in Sichuan Province, China, will arrive in the Italian quake zone late Tuesday and will assess the damage. A first priority will be providing diesel-powered generators to restore clean drinking water to the hardest hit areas.

David Darg has been a part of OBI’s team since 2001, providing strategic direction, management and logistical support of Operation Blessing’s international disaster relief efforts. His experiences have included aiding war refugees in Sudan, Kenya and Somalia, being one of the few aid workers permitted entry into cyclone-devastated Myanmar, and managing one of OBI’s most significant projects to date – the rebuilding of an entire village in Yao Jin, China that was destroyed by an earthquake in 2008.

To donate, volunteer, or read updates on OBI’s efforts, please log on to www.ob.org and/or www.myowneyes.org.

ABOUT OPERATION BLESSING INTERNATIONAL:
Operation Blessing International (OBI) is one of the largest charities in America, providing strategic disaster relief, medical aid, hunger relief, clean water and community development in 22 countries around the world on a daily basis. In 2008, OBI responded to 33 disasters in 16 foreign countries as well as 7 major domestic disasters. Most recently, OBI mobilized teams and funded major relief and recovery efforts in Myanmar, the Sichuan Province of China, Rift Valley in Kenya, Bangladesh, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, the Darfur region of Sudan, Pakistan, Somalia, India, Indonesia, Mozambique and the Philippines. OBI has also made headlines as a first responder to U.S. hurricanes, floods and tornadoes as well as the tsunami disaster in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand. In addition to directing major disaster relief efforts, OBI has often filled the role of logistical arm to organizations including the International Red Cross, the Salvation Army, UNICEF and the United Nations World Food Program. Founded in 1978, Operation Blessing International has touched the lives of more than 209.3 million people in more than 105 countries and 50 states, providing goods and services valued at over $1.7 billion to date.

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New York Italian-Americans Move to Aid Quake Victims

By KIRK SEMPLE and SEWELL CHAN
Published: April 6, 2009

On Monday, as he organized a fund-raising effort for the victims of the earthquake that struck central Italy earlier in the day, Steve Acunto, an honorary Italian vice consul in the New York region, paused briefly to consider the historical echoes in the day’s events.
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In 1915, an earthquake hit the same area affected on Monday, the Abruzzo region. In response to that tragedy, Mr. Acunto’s great-grandfather, who had left Italy for the United States in 1870 and opened several branches of an Italian bank in New York and elsewhere, contributed money to the rebuilding of his damaged hometown, Bisegna.

“The ties never break,” said Mr. Acunto, whose consular office is in Yonkers and who is the chairman of the Italian Academy Foundation, which promotes Italian cultural events in the United States and supports American students studying in Italy. “You can become homogenized, you can learn to speak the new language, go to an American college, but somehow the pull of your ancestral roots is something you can’t resist.”

There are few forces that so swiftly and surely reaffirm such immigrant ties as a natural disaster, and Monday’s 6.3 magnitude earthquake, which killed as many as 150 and left tens of thousands homeless, was no different.

Many in the Abruzzese immigrant community in the New York region were awakened before dawn by telephone calls with news of the earthquake. For several hours, many frantically tried to reach relatives in Italy but were unable to get through by phone or Internet because of damage to the communications system and overloaded telephone networks in Italy.

But as first-hand testimonials began to filter through, fear and confusion gave way to grief and sadness.

Dr. Domenico Accili, director of Columbia University’s Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Center and a native of L’Aquila, a town at the epicenter of the earthquake, wrote in an e-mail message that he had spoken with his immediate family members and that they were fine.

“But from the footage, it looks like many dead may be buried under the rubble,” he wrote. “It’s such a sad day, such a lovely city.”

As the community buzzed with grim news and speculation, several organizations, including Mr. Acunto’s foundation and the Italian American Museum in Little Italy in Manhattan, began fund-raising drives to support the emerging relief effort in Italy.

Maria T. Fosco, an administrator at Queens College of the City University of New York and a prominent member of the Abruzzese community in New York, said many Italian-Americans with ties to the Abruzzo region trace their family’s migration to the United States to two periods: the first around the turn of the 20th century and the second after World War II.

The majority of those who came in the first wave soon returned to Italy, while most of those in the second wave stayed, she said. The heaviest concentration was in Philadelphia, she said, while smaller communities formed in Boston, Pittsburgh and New York.

In New York, many Abruzzeses, particularly those from the town of Orsogna in the province of Chieti, settled in Astoria, Queens. The Orsogna Mutual Aid Society, founded in 1939 to help newly arriving immigrants, still operates in Astoria today, though more as a social club, said Ms. Fosco, who was born in New York to immigrant parents.

She estimated that about 5,000 Italian-Americans whose families came from Abruzzo live in the New York area, and that perhaps 2,000 of them live in Astoria.

Years ago, before cellphones and the Internet, Abruzzeses would flock to the society’s building whenever major events, like natural disasters, occurred in Abruzzo. They would trade information and watch the news on television.

But on Monday, the society was mostly quiet, its membership opting to monitor developments from home or work.

“I don’t know how much we can do,” said Tony Di Rico, a retired Con Edison worker who was born in Italy and is now president of the mutual aid society. “I hope we can be helpful to the people there.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/07/nyregion/07enclave.html

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Strong aftershocks in Abruzzo – search and rescue continued today
Tremors continue to rock the Abruzzo region of Italy and are being felt as far away as Rome. Reports say at least one aftershock this afternoon registered at 5.3 on the Richter scale. And the death toll continues to grow – 228 people are dead as a result of the earthquake that hit early Monday morning. Federico Mastrogiovani reports from Rome.
More than one thousand people are wounded and 17 thousand are now homeless.
Rescue workers and volunteers from all over the country are still arriving in Abruzzo. Fund raising efforts for relief aid are underway in all sectors of society.  The Council of Ministers has allocated almost 40 million dollars for emergency relief. L’Aquila, the biggest city hit by the earthquake, today is a ghost city. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi visited the area twice in the past two days. Many European countries have offered aid to Italy, but Berlusconi, while thanking them for their solidarity, has turned down most offers of financial support. However, in the last few hours Berlusconi accepted an offer by US President Barak Obama to rebuild some churches and restore ancient buildings. Democratic Party leader Dario Franceschini, is urging the government to accept the international aid. For FSRN, I’m Federico Mastrogiovanni, in Rome,Italy.

http://www.fsrn.org/audio/headlines-tuesday-april-7-2009/4500

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News of deadly quake stuns L.A.
By Dana Bartholomew, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/06/2009 11:34:24 PM PDT

When Franco and Ada Casciani heard about Monday’s temblor that tossed residents from their beds in their home village in central Italy, they called frantically for news.

Only it was as crushing as the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that leveled much of Castelnuovo di San Pio: Ada’s sister, brother-in-law and nephew died beneath the rubble of their 500-year-old stone house.

“It’s sad,” said Franco Casciani, 70, of Glendale, grieving with his wife, who both hail from the mountain village 13 miles from the epicenter of L’Aquila. “We don’t know what to do. … We don’t know exactly what happened. It’s hard.

“Fortunately, everybody else is OK.”

Across Los Angeles on Monday, news of the 3:30 a.m. jolt rolled through the Italian community like shock waves from the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

More than 150 people lay dead in the mountainous region of Abruzzo, 75 miles northeast of Rome, with entire towns left in rubble. More than 1,500 were injured, with tens of thousands left homeless.

In one instance, rescuers dug a 2-year-old girl from the ruins of her home in San Gregorio – with her mother’s body wrapped around her like a shield.

“The earthquake in Italy is a disaster, another great challenge we have to overcome,” said Francesca Valente, director of the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, a member of the Italian Consulate. “But in Italy, it seems that every 50 years there’s a test.

“The Italians in Los Angeles are with them, and would love to help.”

At a table of Italian-Americans at a Keystone Club meeting in Burbank, heads bowed Monday for earthquake victims and their families.

“We prayed for them … that they could come out of this in good shape,” said Dottie LaMacchia, a member of the Italian Catholic Federation, whose parents were from Calabria, far from Monday’s disaster. “That the earthquakes would stop. That everybody would find everybody and be OK.”

At Italian delis across the San Fernando Valley, shopkeepers were sympathetic despite being generations removed from the Old Country.

Many were mindful of the Big One expected to rock Southern California to its knees.

“It’s brutal,” said Ron Kulber, owner of Cricca’s Italian Deli in Woodland Hills, whose ancestors immigrated from Sicily. “Most of these are poor people to begin with.”

“It’s horrible, just horrible,” added his daughter, Robin Schaufus, who helps run the deli with her husband, John. “It’s just destruction. It’s crazy.”

Others were simply desperate for news.

When Camerine Del Gaudio awoke Monday, she was shocked to learn that an earthquake had devastated her family’s ancestral home in Pizzoli, about 10 miles from the epicenter.

She telephoned her cousins there – but no one answered.

Then she called family members in Philadelphia, who had managed to connect with relatives. Everyone was fine.

“They said they felt the quake; they were jolted by the quake, but weren’t damaged,” said Del Gaudio, whose family runs the Del Gaudio Market in Pacoima it founded in 1950, the oldest Italian-run deli in the Valley. “I heard that, when the earthquake happened, they went outside and waited in the car.

“My prayers are with them and we’re thankful that they are safe.”

dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com 818-713-3730

http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_12087004

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The hypocenter of an earthquake is the location beneath the earth’s surface where the rupture of the fault begins. The epicenter of an earthquake is the location directly above the hypocenter on the surface of the earth.

It is estimated that there are 500,000 detectable earthquakes in the world each year. 100,000 of those can be felt, and 100 of them cause damage.

A seiche (pronounced SAYSH) is what happens in the swimming pools of Californians during and after an earthquake. It is “an internal wave oscillating in a body of water” or, in other words, it is the sloshing of the water in your swimming pool, or any body of water, caused by the ground shaking in an earthquake. It may continue for a few moments or hours, long after the generating force is gone. A seiche can also be caused by wind or tides

  1. A seiche (pronounced SAYSH) is what happens in the swimming pools of Californians during and after an earthquake. It is “an internal wave oscillating in a body of water” or, in other words, it is the sloshing of the water in your swimming pool, or any body of water, caused by the ground shaking in an earthquake. It may continue for a few moments or hours, long after the generating force is gone. A seiche can also be caused by wind or tides.

    mid-Atlantic Ridge

  2. Each year the southern California area has about 10,000 earthquakes. Most of them are so small that they are not felt. Only several hundred are greater than magnitude 3.0, and only about 15-20 are greater than magnitude 4.0. If there is a large earthquake, however, the aftershock sequence will produce many more earthquakes of all magnitudes for many months.
  3. The magnitude of an earthquake is a measured value of the earthquake size. The magnitude is the same no matter where you are, or how strong or weak the shaking was in various locations.
    The intensity of an earthquake is a measure of the shaking created by the earthquake, and this value does vary with location.

There is no such thing as “earthquake weather”. Statistically, there is an equal distribution of earthquakes in cold weather, hot weather, rainy weather, etc. Furthermore, there is no physical way that the weather could affect the forces several miles beneath the surface of the earth. The changes in barometric pressure in the atmosphere are very small compared to the forces in the crust, and the effect of the barometric pressure does not reach beneath the soil.

The core of the earth was the first internal structural element to be identified. In 1906 R.D. Oldham discovered it from his studies of earthquake records. The inner core is solid, and the outer core is liquid and so does not transmit the shear wave energy released during an earthquake.

  1. The swimming pool at the University of Arizona in Tucson lost water from sloshing (seiche) caused by the 1985 M8.1 Michoacan, Mexico earthquake 2000 km (1240 miles) away.
  2. Earthquakes occur in the central portion of the United States too! Some very powerful earthquakes occurred along the New Madrid fault in the Mississippi Valley in 1811-1812. Because of the crustal structure in the Central US which efficiently propagates seismic energy, shaking from earthquakes in this part of the country are felt at a much greater distance from the epicenters than similar size quakes in the Western US.
  1. Most earthquakes occur at depths of less than 80 km (50 miles) from the Earth’s surface.
  2. The San Andreas fault is NOT a single, continuous fault, but rather is actually a fault zone made up of many segments. Movement may occur along any of the many fault segments along the zone at any time. The San Andreas fault system is more that 1300 km (800 miles) long, and in some spots is as much as 16 km (10 miles) deep.
  3. The world’s deadliest recorded earthquake occurred in 1556 in central China. It struck a region where most people lived in caves carved from soft rock. These dwellings collapsed during the earthquake, killing an estimated 830,000 people. In 1976 another deadly earthquake struck in Tangshan, China, where more than 250,000 people were killed.
  1. The deepest earthquakes typically occur at plate boundaries where the Earth’s crust is being subducted into the Earth’s mantle. These occur as deep as 750 km (400 miles) below the surface.
  2. Alaska is the most earthquake-prone state and one of the most seismically active regions in the world. Alaska experiences a magnitude 7 earthquake almost every year, and a magnitude 8 or greater earthquake on average every 14 years.
  3. The majority of the earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur along plate boundaries such as the boundary between the Pacific Plate and the North American plate. One of the most active plate boundaries where earthquakes and eruptions are frequent, for example, is around the massive Pacific Plate commonly referred to as the Pacific Ring of Fire.
  4. The earliest recorded evidence of an earthquake has been traced back to 1831 BC in the Shandong province of China, but there is a fairly complete record starting in 780 BC during the Zhou Dynasty in China.
  5. It was recognized as early as 350 BC by the Greek scientist Aristotle that soft ground shakes more than hard rock in an earthquake.
  6. The cause of earthquakes was stated correctly in 1760 by British engineer John Michell, one of the first fathers of seismology, in a memoir where he wrote that earthquakes and the waves of energy that they make are caused by “shifting masses of rock miles below the surface”.
  7. In 1663 the European settlers experienced their first earthquake in America.
  8. Human beings can detect sounds in the frequency range 20-10,000 Hertz. If a P wave refracts out of the rock surface into the air, and it has a frequency in the audible range, it will be heard as a rumble. Most earthquake waves have a frequency of less than 20 Hz, so the waves themselves are usually not heard. Most of the rumbling noise heard during an earthquake is the building and its contents moving.
  9. When the Chilean earthquake occurred in 1960, seismographs recorded seismic waves that traveled all around the Earth. These seismic waves shook the entire earth for many days! This phenomenon is called the free oscillation of the Earth.
  1. The interior of Antarctica has icequakes which, although they are much smaller, are perhaps more frequent than earthquakes in Antarctica. The icequakes are similar to earthquakes, but occur within the ice sheet itself instead of the land underneath the ice. Some of our polar observers have told us they can hear the icequakes and see them on the South Pole seismograph station, but they are much too small to be seen on enough stations to obtain a location.

See also:
USGS Science Challenge Questions & Answers

from: [there is more info on this page, but it mostly covers earthquakes in the continental United States. Interesting, though.]

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learning/facts.php

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[from learning facts site above]

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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 8, 2009, 07:01

Italian earthquake death toll rises to 250

Strong aftershocks sent a fresh wave of fear across earthquake-shattered central Italy, and rescue crews pulled a young woman alive from a collapsed building about 42 hours after the main quake struck the mountainous region killing 250 people.

Thousands of survivors of Italy’s worst quake in three decades passed a fitful night in tent villages as a series of strong aftershocks hit the mountainous region of Abruzzo, hampering rescue efforts and causing at least one more death.

Eleonora Calesini, a 20-year-old student, was found alive yesterday evening in the ruins of the five-story building in central L’Aquila, said her grandfather, Renato Calesini, in the seaside town of Mondaini.

“She’s safe!” he said, adding that her father had gone to the devastated city in the snowcapped Apennine mountains to try to locate the student, who wears a hearing aid. She reportedly had an arm injury but was in good condition otherwise.

The death toll from Italy’s worst earthquake in three decades climbed to 250, with up to 15 still missing, civil protection officials said this morning.

The dead included four students trapped in the rubble of a dormitory of the University of L’Aquila.

Rescue crews gave up gingerly removing debris by hand and brought in huge pincers that pulled off parts of the dorm roof, balconies and walls, showering debris down.

The strongest tremor since Monday’s quake toppled buildings, including parts of the basilica and the station, as the sun set on the historic mountain city of L’Aquila, which bore the brunt of the disaster in the early hours of Monday.

L’Aquila’s mayor said the 5.6 magnitude aftershock left one resident dead while in Rome, 100 kilometres to the west, furniture shook in the upper floors of buildings. A 76-year-old Roman man was reported to have died of a heart-attack.

“In the last two nights, I’ve slept three hours at most. I feel physically and mentally tired from the lack of sleep and the fear,” said Ilaria Ciani (35) spending the night in a large blue tent at a survivors camp in a sports field near L’Aquila.

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who has declared a national emergency and sent troops to the area, set up 20 tent camps and 16 field kitchens to provide hot food and accommodation for 14,000 people.

Hundreds of emergency workers, many of them volunteers, used mechanical diggers and their bare hands to remove piles of rubble in L’Aquila and nearby villages devastated by the quake.

The death toll rose steadily throughout the day but rescuers burst into applause when a 20-year-old girl was found alive 42 hours after the quake in the ruins of a four-storey building.

“A rescue like this is worth six months work,” said Claudio, a fireman from Venice.

At least 235 bodies were being stored in a makeshift mortuary at a school for Italy’s Finance Police outside L’Aquila, local media reported.

The first funeral of a victim was due to take place on Wednesday, in the town of Loreto Aprutino, led by the archbishop of Pescara. Some 1,000 people remain injured, about 100 seriously, and fewer than 50 were missing.

Many of the victims were students at L’Aquila’s university. A fireman from the port of Pescara who came to help rescue

efforts collapsed in tears after unearthing the body of his stepdaughter, who was studying there.

Working by floodlight, rescuers used a crane to gradually dismantle a ruined university dormitory in the hope of finding survivors. As darkness fell, workers dragged out the bodies of two of the four students still missing.

Authorities estimate 17,000 people have lost their homes, leaving them facing a grim Easter weekend. With many local churches badly damaged, people prepared to celebrate the feast in makeshift chapels in the tent villages.

Berlusconi, whose government already faces a huge public debt, said he would try to access hundreds of millions of euros in EU disaster funds to rebuild Abruzzo within two years.

Shows of solidarity came from home and abroad, with US President Barack Obama and Russia’s Vladimir Putin among the leaders calling Mr Berlusconi to express sympathy and offer aid.

The prime minister has said Italy did not require foreign aid, but opposition leaders have urged him to reconsider, in the first sign of political divisions over the disaster.

Italian soccer teams said revenue from this weekend’s matches would be sent to help victims. Universities and newspapers throughout the country took collections, while hotels provided thousands of cheap rooms for survivors and rescuers.

Officials said the quake would severely affect the region’s economy, much of which is based on tourism, agriculture and small, family-run businesses. Police increased their patrols on the streets amid reports of looting of homes and shops.

Some residents and experts expressed anger that even supposedly earthquake-proof modern buildings had collapsed.

“In California, an earthquake like this one would not have killed a single person,” said Franco Barberi, head of a committee assessing quake risks at the Civil Protection Agency.

Monday’s quake was particularly lethal because it struck shortly after 3.30am as residents slept.

Flattening houses, centuries-old churches and other buildings in 26 cities and towns, it was the worst since November 1980, when some 2,735 people died in southern Italy.

Reuters/PA

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2009/0408/breaking3.htm

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LIFE IN RUINS

Fire officer’s girl is earthquake victim

His head in his hands, firefighter Cesare Gaspari sobs in despair after the body of his own daughter was pulled from the rubble in L’Aquila.

Cesare, the commander at nearby Pescara fire station, was one of the first rescuers to arrive at the ravaged Italian town.

He and his colleagues braved falling buildings and aftershocks as they dug through rubble for 30 hours in search of survivors – even using their bare hands.

But yesterday his became one of thousands of lives changed for ever by this tragedy as his unnamed daughter was confirmed as one of its 207 victims.

Around 150 survivors have been pulled from the rubble, but the rescue operation is now a race against time. Some 1,500 people were injured and 17,000 have lost their homes.

Ordering 1,000 troops in to the disaster zone, 60 miles north-east of Rome, and vowing the search for missing people would go on at least two more days, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said: “It is a serious disaster.”

About six miles away in the town of Onna, Virgilio Colajanni, 70, choked back tears as he said: “We lost 15 members of our family. Babies and children died.” Onna had 350 residents and lost 38 to the quake, which measured 5.8 on the Richter scale. The scene there yesterday was one of utter devastation. Walls ripped from buildings offered a glimpse into family lives shattered by the tremors.

One distressed old man gestured at a row of flattened homes, repeating: “It was all so beautiful.” On the remaining wall of a house nearby, tiles and a shower were still attached. Above the banister was a crucifix and a picture of the Madonna.

Survivors have long since fled the aftershocks, of which 230 were recorded throughout the day. There was panic as one measuring 4.9 hit soon after 10.30am. Some people have been lucky enough to find hotel rooms or move in with family elsewhere – others are living in cars and tent cities.

In nearby Paganica, the hands of the town’s clock stopped at 3.43am – the moment the quake struck. Virginia Tannina, 35, was allowed to return home there with husband Vincenzo.

As she packed their car, she said: “We carried our three-year-old son Francesco out in the middle of the night and he has no clothes. The house is cracked from top to bottom. It’s all so terrible.” The family are now living in a tent on the sports ground. A food station, medical centre and creche have been set up.

Magdalena Evtosna, 30, husband Goran and three-year-old Marco have set up home in their car above the camp. She said: “I am lost for words to describe what has happened. Our home has disappeared.” Palma Rotellini, 34, is among hundreds waiting for a bed in the tented city. The restaurant where she worked no longer exists.

She said: “We are all afraid of what tomorrow might bring. We have no homes, no jobs and nothing to start again with.” In L’Aquila, much of the focus was on a university dormitory, where rescuers tried to reach four male students – but were too late.

University rector Ferdinando Di Orio said: “I feel unspeakable pain. We are paying an ultimate price.” A fireman who pulled a boy alive from the mangled remains of his house after a daylong search said: “We kept digging and we finally managed to get him out – when we did the fatigue was great but so was our joy.” Four miles east, in Tempera, Maria D’Antuonu, 98, was rescued after 30 hours in her collapsed home.

She was unhurt and revealed she crocheted to pass the time.

Officials estimate two-thirds of buildings in L’Aquila are ruined. Prime Minister Berlusconi has pledged £27million for immediate aid and vowed to build a new town nearby in the next two years.

The Red Cross has launched an aid fund. Go to www.redcross.org.uk/earthquakeappeal or call 0845 054 7201.

[From:]

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2009/04/08/life-in-ruins-115875-21262321/

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Italy earthquake: elderly woman knitted as she waited for rescue

Telegraph.co.uk – ‎1 hour ago‎
Ines D’Alessandro, recounted how she had survived another earthquake in 1915 at the age of four. Three years later her family’s damaged house collapsed,

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A sea of tents, but still not enough for quake victims
Wed, Apr 08, 2009
AFP

by Gregoire Lemarchand

L’AQUILA, ITALY – A sea of blue tents is spreading across the suburbs of L’Aquila to shelter those left homeless, but two days on from the earthquake there were still not enough beds and many slept in their cars.

After darkness fell on Tuesday aftershocks rattled the more than 200 people trying to catch some sleep on the seats of their cars parked near the San Sisto church.

Volunteers from the Catholic association Misericordia di Roma San Romano walked among the vehicles distributing blankets and warm drinks.

‘We arrived on Monday morning from Rome because we sensed that the relief operation was getting going slowly. Now, we’ve become a big family,’ said one volunteer with a tinge of disillusionment.

The 6.2-magnitude quake stuck in the early hours of Monday, devastating this historic mountain city and neighbouring villages in the central Abruzzo region.

‘There are around 150 cars here and this evening we served 220 hot meals. They are hungry,’ said the volunteer, who asked not to be named.

Nearby stood a wooden hut that belongs to a scouts group that serves as both a kitchen and a first-aid station in the makeshift camp.

Since arriving Monday morning the dozen volunteers have hardly caught a moment of sleep themselves, but their thoughts were still firmly focused on the quake victims.

Due to be relieved on Wednesday by other volunteers, they expressed concern over the relief operation at the epicentre of the quake.

‘They want to be in tents. They’ve been in their cars since the quake. Tents have been requested and I really hope they come tomorrow. We’ve only got two toilets here as well,’ the volunteer added.

‘Nobody is paying attention to these people,’ said another volunteer.

‘A little bit down below, there are some tents, but here still nothing. At least with us here people don’t feel isolated and neglected.’

Earlier on Tuesday Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said 20 tent camps with 16 field kitchens would be completed by the end of the day to accommodate 14,500 people.

Officials said late Tuesday that the toll from the quake had climbed to 235 people, with more than 1,000 injured and 17,000 homeless.
http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/World/Story/A1Story20090408-134095.html

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Catholic association Misericordia di Roma San Romano

http://www.misericordia.roma.it/

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volontari
La protezione civile della Regione Lazio trova nelle sue associazioni di volontari un grande patrimonio umano e tecnologico. La Direzione regionale della Protezione civile coordina e organizza circa 280 associazioni di volontariato presenti su tutto il territorio regionale per un totale di oltre 5 mila volontari.
Con periodiche esercitazioni, corsi di aggiornamento, incontri istituzionali e un contatto costante per il monitoraggio del rischio sul territorio le associazioni di protezione civile costituiscono la “spina dorsale” del sistema, vero braccio operativo del sistema di prevenzione, previsione e intervento predisposto dalla Regione Lazio.

http://www.protezionecivile.regione.lazio.it/protezione_civile/ricerca_associazioni.php

[See list on above page – includes a list of 85 pages of volunteer organizations in the area.]

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Saliti a 585 i volontari della Protezione Civile Regionale al lavoro in 13 centri colpiti dal terremoto

crollo 07/04/09 –  E’ salito oggi a 585 il numero dei volontari impiegati dalla protezione civile regionale in Abruzzo. Sotto il coordinamento della protezione civile della Regione Lazio, il cui campo base è stato allestito a San Demetrio de’ Vestini sono stati affidati gli interventi e gli aiuti in un’area operativa (Com 2) che comprende 13 tra comuni e frazioni: San Demetrio  ne’ Vestini, Onna, Villa S. Angelo, San  Gregorio, Poggio Picenze, Fagnano, Monticchio, Fossa, San Pio delle camere, Sant’Eusanio Forconese, Prata d’Ansidonia, Fontecchio, Tione degli Abruzzi.

Terremoto: la Protezione civile regionale nei paesi dell’aquilano

paese 06/04/09 –  Bollettino ore 17.00: in azione oltre 400 volontari nei paesi attorno S. Demetrio Ne’ Vèstini.

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06/04/09 – Terremoto, Protezione Civile: oltre 200 volontari del Lazio, tre elicotteri e due colonne di soccorsi per l’Abruzzo

30/03/09 – Frana a Marino, al lavoro anche la Protezione civile regionale

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Saliti a 585 i volontari della Protezione Civile Regionale al lavoro in 13 centri colpiti dal terremoto
E’ salito oggi a 585 il numero dei volontari impiegati dalla protezione civile regionale in Abruzzo. Sotto il coordinamento della protezione civile della Regione Lazio, il cui campo base è stato allestito a San Demetrio de’ Vestini sono stati affidati gli interventi e gli aiuti in un’area operativa (Com 2) che comprende 13 tra comuni e frazioni: San Demetrio  ne’ Vestini, Onna, Villa S. Angelo, San  Gregorio, Poggio Picenze, Fagnano, Monticchio, Fossa, San Pio delle camere, Sant’Eusanio Forconese, Prata d’Ansidonia, Fontecchio, Tione degli Abruzzi.
07/04/09 – Tra le dotazioni messe a disposizione dalla protezione civile del Lazio, particolarmente importanti per lo svolgimento delle operazioni di ricerca e recupero dei dispersi le 40 torri faro già dislocate, cui se ne aggiungeranno altre 7 in partenza oggi.

Oggi è prevista anche l’allestimento di 24 bagni chimici e altri 26 saranno inviati domani. In queste ore, la Sala operativa della protezione civile regionale sta coordinando le disponibilità di accoglienza degli sfollati da parte dei privati, le donazioni in danaro e le offerte di cibo e vestiario che stanno giungendo numerose.

Le previsioni sulla nostra Regione per i giorni 3-4-5 aprile 2009

07/04/09 – Saliti a 585 i volontari della Protezione Civile Regionale al lavoro in 13 centri colpiti dal terremoto

06/04/09 – Terremoto: la Protezione civile regionale nei paesi dell’aquilano

06/04/09 – Terremoto: dalla Regione Lazio 4 cucine da campo per 2000 pasti l’ora

06/04/09 – Terremoto, Protezione Civile: oltre 200 volontari del Lazio, tre elicotteri e due colonne di soccorsi per l’Abruzzo

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Several moderate aftershocks registered in Italy

08.04.2009, 10.49

ROME, April 8 (Itar-Tass) – Several moderate aftershocks were registered in Italy overnight to Wednesday. Apart from the administrative center in the Italian central region of Abruzzo, which was hit in a strong earthquake on Monday, some tremors are also registered in other regions of the Apennines, the ANSA Italian news agency reported on Wednesday.

According to the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, the aftershocks were registered near the city of Crotone (Calabria), the provinces of Forli and Ravenna (Emilia-Romagna). They did not triggered casualties or destructions.

The aftershocks are recurring in the quake epicenter – the city of L’ Aquila that is the administrative center of the Abruzzo province. After a strong aftershock measured 5.3 points on Tuesday evening, new aftershocks with the magnitude of 3.5 points were registered there. The latest aftershock occurred at 6.25 a.m. local time (8.25 a.m. Moscow time). The cleanup operation was going on in L’Aquila all night long. The death toll of the earthquake reached 235 people.

People, who are temporarily accommodated in a tent camp at the L’ Aquila stadium, are frightened with continuous aftershocks. Meanwhile, the night temperatures fell to 4-5 degrees Celsius in Abruzzo.

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