Airblue From San Marino, joined May 2001, 1828 posts, RR: 11 Posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1387 times:
After the quake in Sicily during the Etna's lava cracks growing two days ago, a 5.4-magnitude quake struck today at 11:33 a.m. in the middle of Italy, knocking out phone service, which made information difficult to obtain. It was followed by two smaller shocks. In each case the epicenter was also in Campobasso, a city close to the village, 140 miles southeast of Rome.
About 70 percent of the homes in a small area hit hardest by the quake were damaged, many with collapsed roofs and cracked walls.
The earthquake brought down the roof of a nursery school trapping dozens of children as they were having a Halloween party. Firefighters said at least five children were killed, along with a woman who lived nearby.
Many buildings have collapsed throughout the village.
"The scenario is devastating, but fortunately, the damage is limited to a restricted area."
Firefighters in Rome confirmed about 50 children had been trapped in the school, which private TG5 television said was built in 1954 and had undergone repairs several times in past years.
The school was surrounded by buildings that appeared unscathed. Elsewhere in town, however, entire buildings were brought down by the quake.
The temblor was felt across the Adriatic in Croatia, particularly on high floors of apartment buildings, the Croatian Seismological Institute said.
Panicked residents rushed into the streets, the civil defense said. The quake tore huge chunks of plaster from ceilings and left gaping cracks in walls.
The National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology in Rome said the quake in central Italy and the one shaking Etna did not appear to be connected.
In 1980, an earthquake in the area of Naples killed 2,570 people and left 30,000 homeless in the southern Campania and Basilicata regions.
Turin_airport From Italy, joined Oct 2001, 278 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1332 times:
The earthquake brought down the roof of a nursery school trapping dozens of children as they were having a Halloween party. Firefighters said at least five children were killed, along with a woman who lived nearby
A painful update:
the final number of deaths is gone up to 29: 3 woman and 26 children, all perished inside the school of the small village of San Giuliano.
The children, all 6 years old, were in their class when the earthquake occurred. No one survived.
Last Thursday the village of San Giuliano has lost all its children born in 1996...
In these days, in Italy, everybody's heart is with the parents of these kids and with the community of San Giuliano.
ADG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1326 times:
Shocking footage of old ladies running wailing into the street, it certainly tugs at the heartstrings. This tragedy is made worse because it was the only building to collapse :-( during that initial earthquake.
BWIrwy4 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 940 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1316 times:
There must have been something wrong with that school building. A 5.4 isn't a very powerful quake, and it shouldn't be causing any buildings to collapse. Nonetheless, this is a terrible tragedy. My thoughts are with everyone in San Giuliano, especially the families of the deceased. May all the children and their teachers rest in peace.