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April 2009 Central Italy Earthquake

About April 2009 Central Italy Earthquake

Earthquake reporting

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 woed 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.

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