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The Earthquake In Italy - A Detailed View

Updated on September 9, 2016

A Tearful Wednesday

All those living in the medieval towns of Central Italy woke up to a devastating morning when a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 knocked over their whole lives on Wednesday, August 24th. The first quake struck around 3:30 a.m., trapping people right in their beds. It is reported that at least 250 people have been killed and more than 300 have been injured by this nature’s revenge. Since the area is a quite popular summer vacation spot, it is very difficult to estimate the actual number of victims.

Rescue Operations

As per the reports received from Italy’s Civil Protection Agency, which was the coordinator of the rescue operations, several hundred have been injured and thousands in urgent need of accommodation. Rescue teams using bulldozers were still poring through the area late Wednesday looking for possible survivors. Locals desperately trying to help, often with their bare hands. With heavy equipment not immediately available in the remote terrain, residents initially had to use whatever equipment they had at their disposal to dig all those helpless people out of their possible demise.

Police near the town of Ascoli said they could hear cries for help from under the rubble but unable to move the rocks because there was no heavy equipment at hand.

Narrow roads leading to the towns are blocked with debris. The main access roads near Accumoli are packed with bulldozers, and ambulances -- some of them just can’t get into the stricken areas because roads are either blocked or too dangerous to pass.

Power supply totally cut off and hence communications with emergency responders were quite hampered. The remote areas were virtually cut off after a bridge connecting them all to the rest of the region was damaged. Even though emergency teams are on the site, sadly they are having trouble reaching all the affected areas out there.

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Major Earthquakes Faced Earlier by Italy

This is not the first time Italy faces a serious earthquake. Here are some major quakes in the country since the start of the 20th century:

  • The most-deadly earthquake struck in 1908, followed by a tsunami that killed about 80,000 people in Reggio Calabria and Sicily.
  • In 1976, an earthquake measuring 6.5 rocks Friuli in Italy’s north-eastern corner, claiming 976 lives and leaving 70,000 other people homeless.
  • In the year of 1980, some 2,735 people are killed and more than 7,500 injured in an earthquake measuring 6.5. Epicenter - Eboli.
  • This is not the first time Italy faces a serious earthquake. Here are some major quakes in the country since the start of the 20th century:
  • The most-deadly earthquake struck in 1908, followed by a tsunami that killed about 80,000 people in Reggio Calabria and Sicily.
  • In 1976, an earthquake measuring 6.5 rocks Friuli in Italy’s north-eastern corner, claiming 976 lives and leaving 70,000 other people homeless. In the year of 1980, some 2,735 people are killed and more than 7,500 injured in an earthquake measuring 6.5. Epicenter - Eboli.

How Can You Help Victims?

Survivors need access to emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine in addition to long-term recovery assistance. There are many charities and NGOs that are already on the job. You can also support the victims to come out of this disaster, giving a helping hand by way of donations.

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