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Title: Dozens dead after earthquake hits central Italy
Post by: BeeTee on Wednesday, 24 August, 2016 @ 14:34:50
At least 38 people have been killed in a powerful earthquake that hit central Italy early on Wednesday.

The magnitude 6.2 quake struck towns and villages in the mountainous heart of the country, making rescue operations difficult.

Twenty-seven people were said to have died between the towns of Accumoli and Amatrice, and a further 10 in the nearby Arquata area, before the death toll was revised to 38.

The epicentre of the quake was at Rietti near the city of Perugia.

The tremor was felt some 170 km away in Rome and was followed by around 60 strong aftershocks.

In 2009, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in the Aquila region, left more than 300 dead.

Title: Re: Dozens dead after earthquake hits central Italy
Post by: Maik on Thursday, 25 August, 2016 @ 12:59:27
A team of 15 Greek special operations officers were mustered at the northwestern port of Igoumenitsa on Wednesday and set to sail to Italy to help in the search and rescue effort in the wake of a devastating earthquake that had claimed at least 120 lives in the neighboring country by last night.

In a related development, the head of the Organization of Earthquake Planning and Protection (OASP), Athens University Professor Efthymis Lekkas, categorically denied speculation that Greece could be affected by seismic activity in Italy.

“We are talking about two entirely separate seismotectonic systems,” he said.
Title: Re: Dozens dead after earthquake hits central Italy
Post by: Maik on Friday, 26 August, 2016 @ 18:51:44
African migrants hoping to start a new life in Italy after risking their lives crossing the Mediterranean have headed to the area of Wednesday's earthquake, helping local people who lost everything in the disaster.

Wearing bright orange overalls, the group from a temporary hostel about 50 km (30 miles) away blended in on Friday with other volunteer workers who have come from all over Italy.

"We need to help the people here," said a 20-year-old man from the West African state of Benin, who gave his name only as Abdullah.

"We saw people losing their lives and we feel bad. It's to show respect for them and their dignity," he told Reuters Television on the outskirts of Pescara del Tronto, one of the devastated villages.