150 ‘confirmed’ dead in Italy’s quake + Italy muzzled scientist who foresaw quake (updated)

Dandelion Salad

Our thoughts and prayers are with those effected by this horrible earthquake.  ~ DS

Updates 1 & 2: added video reports

Mon, 06 Apr 2009 17:43:40 GMT

About 50,000 people have become homeless.

The death toll from Italy’s earthquakes has reached 150 as 1,500 people are reported wounded while many others are still trapped under the rubble.

The rescue operation is underway in most areas with more than 1,700 rescuers attempting to recover bodies or rescue those trapped under the ruined buildings.

Cries for help are heard from the rubble, and thousands are in the streets bracing for aftershocks.


via 150 ‘confirmed’ dead in Italy’s quake


Italy earthquake kills more than 90 and leaves thousands homeless

by John Hooper in L’Aquila, Peter Walker and agencies
guardian.co.uk, Monday 6 April 2009 15.48 BST

Video report


Scores of people were killed and tens of thousands left homeless in central Italy today after a powerful earthquake shook a mountain region, severely damaging a historic city and leaving hundreds feared trapped in rubble.

At least 92 people were known to have died, the Italian news agency Ansa reported, quoting local rescue workers, while the Red Cross said it faced a “race” to rescue those still trapped.

More than 1,500 people had been injured, the Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, told a press conference in L’Aquila, the badly damaged capital of the Abruzzo region, close to the quake’s epicentre.


via Italy earthquake kills more than 90 and leaves thousands homeless | World news | guardian.co.uk.


Italy muzzled scientist who foresaw quake

By Gavin Jones
06 Apr 2009 11:22:00 GMT

ROME, April 6 (Reuters) – An Italian scientist predicted a major earthquake around L’Aquila weeks before disaster struck the city on Monday, killing dozens of people, but was reported to authorities for spreading panic among the population.


via Reuters AlertNet – Italy muzzled scientist who foresaw quake.

h/t: CLG


Update 1

Italy reels from deadliest quake in decades – 07 April 09


The toll in Italy’s deadliest earthquake in decades is expected to rise as rescue workers continue looking for survivors in the rubble of thousands of damaged buildings.

The government has declared a state of emergency in the central region of Abruzzo, about 100km from Rome, and pledged financial assistance.

Al Jazeera’s Nazanine Moshiri reports from L’Aquila, close to the epicentre of the quake.

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Update 2

Earthquake in L’Aquila in Italy


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