ITALY: MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE WREAKS DEATH AND DESTRUCTION


A massive earthquake has struck central Italy, some 100 km to the east of Rome. The 5.8 magnitude earthquake epicentre is located about 5 km below the historical city of L’Aquila.

Early reports have 27 people confirmed dead, with many people still trapped and buried within the 10-15 000 damaged buildings in L’Aquila and surrounding areas. Hundreds have been injured and some 100 000 people have fled their homes fearing the usually expected aftershocks.