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Earthquake Case Study ­ L'Aquila 2013
Summary
L'Aquila is a city in central Italy with a population of
around 70,000 people.
Prone to earthquakes due to major plate boundary
along the Apennine mountain range.
L'Aquila earthquake occurred on 6th April 2009, at
3.32am.
Focus of the earthquake was 5 miles down and
the epicentre was close to the town.
It measured 6.3 on the Richter scale initially and aftershocks were felt for days
after some reaching 5 on the Richter scale.
Impact's
Economic impact's
1) The earthquake cost Italy just above $15
billion in total.
2) Thousands of buildings were damaged
and destroyed ­ both modern and
historical. This included the Cathedral
(shown right).
3) A bridge near Fossa collapsed as well as
water pipes throughout the town.
4) Finally the fire produced by the collapsed
buildings caused more damage.
Social impact's
1) There were around 300 deaths caused by collapsed
buildings with 1500 injured.
2) 70, 000 people were made homeless as a result of
the damage.
3) The aftershocks restricted the response of the
emergency services and caused more damage.
4) Thousands of people had to move away in order to
find jobs as the town was devastated by the
damage.
Environmental Impact's
1) An area of 1000k2 was affected by
surface ruptures, rockfalls and landslides.
2) A broken pipe nearby caused landslides.
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Earthquake Case Study ­ L'Aquila 2013
3) Wildlife habitats were affected by the earthquake.
Response
Camps were set up for homeless with water, food
and medical care.
Ambulances, fire engines and the army were sent
in to rescue survivors.
Cranes and diggers were used to remove rubble.
Internatonal teams with rescue dogs were sent in
to look for survivors.
12,000 rescue and support workers were brought
in to help with the response.
Money was provided by the government to cover
the costs of rent.…read more

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