Case Study - L'Aquila, Italy


L'Aquila, Italy (HIC)

6th April 2009

6.3 on the moment magnitude scale

Primary Effects:

  • 300 deaths
  • 1500 injuries
  • Tens of thousands of buildings damaged or destroyed
  • 60 000 people made homeless
  • A bridge near Fossa collapsed, and a water pipe was broken near the town of Paganica

Secondary Effects:

  • Aftershocks hampered rescue efforts
  • Fires in some collapsed buildings caused more damage
  • The broken


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