Monday, 6 April 2009

Earthquake hits central Italy

The earthquake measured 6.3 on the richter scale and struck at 3.30am. Most people were in their beds. Watch the video here to see the rescue dogs working and some of the 10,000 homes damaged. At the moment they think over 50 people have died but this total may not be accurate. Can you think why? It lasted about 30 seconds only but look at the destruction! The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake's epicentre was believed to be about 60 miles (95 km) from Rome and that its depth was 6.2 miles (10 km). Earthquakes can be particularly dangerous in parts of Italy because so many buildings are centuries old. Hospitals appealed for help from doctors and nurses from all over Italy. The smell of gas filled some parts of the mountain towns and villages as mains ruptured.
In Rome, which is rarely hit by earthquake activity, people were woken up by the quake, which rattled furniture and swayed lights in most of central Italy.
The BBC reports here

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