On April 6, 2009, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck
the italian community of L'Aquila, a 13th-century mountain city, and
other villages in Abruzzo region. Twenty-six villages were
destroyed or damaged. Fully 10,000 buildings have been reduced to
rubbble or left inhabitable by the quake.
308 people were killed and 1,600 injured.
50 villages were severely damaged.
65,606 people throughout the region are dislocated:
35,860 people take shelter in 5,690 tents.
are staying in 433 overcrowded hotels, camp sites, and 1,576 private
homes along the Abruzzo coast but are not included in relief efforts.
government has asked people not to return until homes are confirmed to
be safe, as hundreds of strong aftershocks have rippled through the