Earthquake of L'Aquila, Italy

Case study on an earthquake in an MEDC

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  • Earthquake of L'Aquila, Italy
    • General info
      • L'Aquila, Itlay
      • 6th April 2009
      • 6.3 on richter scale
      • Movement along a crack at a destructive plate margin
    • Preparation
      • Laws on construction standards, modern housing
      • Civil protection department that trains volunteers to help with rescue operations
    • Primary effects
      • Around 290 deaths mostly from collapsed buildings
      • Hundreds injured
      • Thousands of buildings destroyed or damaged
      • Thousands of people made homeless
      • Bridges  collapsed and a water pipe burst
    • Secondary effects
      • Aftershocks hampered rescue efforts and caused more damage
      • Fires in collapsed buildings created more damage
      • Broken water pipe near the town of Paganica caused a landslide
    • Immediate response
      • Camps were set up for homeless people with water, food and medical care
      • Ambulances, fire engines and the army were sent to rescue survivors
      • Cranes and diggers used to remove rubble
      • International teams with rescue dogs were sent in to look for survivors
      • Money was provided by the government to pay for rent and electricity and gas bills were suspended
    • Long-term response
      • Italian prime minister promised to build a new town to replace L'Aquila as the capital of the area
      • Investigations were carried out into why the modern buildings weren't built to withstand earthquakes


Mr A Gibson


Preparation, effects, short to long term response wrapped up in an MEDC case study - just what you need whatever your exam board if you are opting for this topic.



This has been extremely helpful for a geography essay I have to write. Thanks







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