Earthquakes- case studies

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Rich and poor parts of the world are affected differently:

The effects of earthquakes and the responses to them are different in different parts of the world. A lot depends on how wealthy the part of the world is.

Earthquake in a rich part of the world:

Place: L'Aquila, Italy

Date: 6th April 2009

Size: 6.3 on the Richter scale

Cause: Movement along a crack in the plate at a destructive margin.

Cost of damage: Around $15 billion


There are laws on construction standards, but some modern buldings hadn't been built to withstand earthquakes. Italiy has a Civil Protection Department that trains volunteers to help with things like rescue operations.

Primary effects:

Around 290 deaths, mostly from collapsed buildings. Hundreds of people were injured. Thousands of buildings were damaged or destroyed. A bridge near the town of Fossa collapsed, and a water pipe was broken near the town of Paganica.

Secondary effects:

Aftershocks hampered rescue efforts and caused more damage. Thousands of people were made homeless. Fires in some collapsed buildings caused more damage. The 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…


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