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M 6.0 EARTHQUAKE DAMAGES ARTISTIC AND HISTORIC HERITAGE NEAR BOLOGNA, ITALY 4:04 AM, SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2012. Walter Hays, Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction, University of North Carolina, USA. LOCATION.

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M 6.0 EARTHQUAKE DAMAGES ARTISTIC AND HISTORIC HERITAGE NEAR BOLOGNA, ITALY4:04 AM, SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2012

Walter Hays, Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction, University of North Carolina, USA

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THE BAD NEWS:GREATEST LOSS IN ITALY’S ARTISTIC HERITAGE SINCE 1997 WHEN ASSISI WAS STRUCK BY A MODERATE EARTHQUAKE

initial reports
INITIAL REPORTS
  • The shallow (10.5 km),moderate-magnitude earthquake, 35 km from Bologna, followed by vigorous aftershocks, rocked northern Italy early Sunday morning, killing at least seven people, injuring dozens, and seriously damaging buildings, historic churches, bell towers and a medieval castle.
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3,000 people, some in their sleep attire, who rushed outside after the main shock to minimize fatalities from aftershocks, were stranded

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L’AQUILLAITALY’S LAST NOTABLE DAMAGING EARTHQUAKE--ABOUT 3 TIMES LARGER THAN BOLOGNA QUAKE, KILLED 300

APRIL 6, 2009

l aquila italy area devastated by moderate earthquake a town of 70 000

L’AQUILA, ITALY AREA DEVASTATED BY MODERATE EARTHQUAKEA Town of 70,000

M6.3

3:30 AM

APRIL 6, 2009

socioeconomic impacts
SOCIOECONOMIC IMPACTS

VULNERABLE UNREINFORCED MASONRY BUILDINGS DAMAGED

UNIVERSITY DORM COLLAPSES

VULNERABLE INFRASTRUCTURE DAMAGED

AT LEAST THREE HUNDRED DEAD AND TWO THOUSAND NJURED

TENS OF THOUSANDS HOMELESS

lack of hospital resources
LACK OF HOSPITAL RESOURCES

Many earthquake survivors had to be transported to Rome for surgery and/or treatment due to shortage of resources in the L’Aquila area

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