Earthquake case study - Italy

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  • Created on: 02-11-18 17:25

Key facts

Place: L'Aquila, Italy

Date: 6th April, 2009

Size: 6.3 on the moment magnitude scale

Italy = HIC (high income country)

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Primary effects

  • Around 300 deaths - mostly from collapsed buildings
  • 1500 people were injured
  • Tens of thousands of buildings were damaged or destroyed
  • Over 60,000 people became homeless
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Secondary effects

  • Aftershocks obstructed rescue efforts - more damage
  • Fires in some collapsed buildings - more damage
  • The broken water pipe near the town of Paganica caused a landslide
  • Electricity and phone services were interrupted - but most were repaired within a day
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Immediate responses

  • Camps set up for people made homeless - they provided food, water and medical care
  • Ambulances, fire engines and the army were sent in to rescue survivors
  • Cranes and diggers used to remove rubble
  • Money provided by government to pay rent - gas and electricity bills were suspended
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Long term responses

  • New settlements built to accomodate over 20,000 residents (who lived in the damaged city centre)
  • Most of the city centre being rebuilt 
  • Investigation on why modern buildings weren't built to withstand earthquakes 
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