MEDC Earthquake - L'Aquila Italy - Impacts
The Earthquake struck at 03:32am on the 5th April 2009.
Impacts (Primary, Secondary):
291 Victims dead and 1,500 injured.
Over 11,000 buildings collapsed which left 88,000 people unemployed, services and buisnesses disrupted, 28,000 students without a university to attend and 58,000 people homeless.
Medieval Buildings collapsed due to inadequet retrofitting which caused a drop in tourism to that area. There was also damage to the cathedral and a bridge.
A water pipe split which caused several landslides.
Aftershocks caused more damage.
Overall the earthquake had a $4 billion dollar impact.
MEDC Earthquake - L'Aquila Italy - Preparation
Goverment raises national awareness of quakes and children learn about them.
A national seismic map updated regularly
Buildings retrofitted or built to withstand quakes.
6 Scientists were sentenced to 6 years inprisonment for minimising the threat of a large quake despite small tremors a few days before.
National volunteer force to help with any emergencies.
Preparation for future earthquakes:
Update Seismic map
Predict quakes from tremors and radon emissions
MEDC Earthquake - L'Aquila Italy - Responses
- Italian train companies provided free tickets and carriages for passangers to sleep in.
- Mobile companies provided free mobile phones.
- The government stopped all tax payments
- 34,000 homeless housed in 101 settlements.
- Red Cross set up a field kitchen.
- Italian TV stopped billing and set up TVs in camps.
- Government payed 100% of reconstruction