Monday, May 21, 2012

In Italy, Thousands of Families Left Homeless by Earthquake

Image: Reuters/Giorgio Benvenuti via www.abc.net.au 
May 21, 2012 - Yesterday's 6.0 magnitude earthquake in Italy's Emilia-Romagna region [map] has left at least 4,000 people homeless. The quake struck at around 4:00 a.m. local time. At least seven people are known to have died as a result of the earthquake. (Video report below.)

ABC Australia reports: "Thousands of people sheltered in cars and tent cities in north-east Italy overnight after a deadly earthquake caused massive damage to homes on Sunday, May 20. The magnitiude-6.0 quake .... reduced homes and historic buildings to rubble around the city of Ferrara."

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The shaking continues. Nerves are frayed.  "Many people in the region slept in cars overnight," reports Tripoli Post, "with over 100 aftershocks coming in the 24 hours that followed Sunday's earthquake that took place early Sunday morning at 4.05, and which measured 5.9 on the Richter scale. The shocks are a reminder of the twenty nightmare seconds when the first earthquake struck."