L’Aquila Earthquake

Latest reports suggest at least 200 people have been killed, about 1,500 injured and 17,000 left homeless in yesterday’s magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck central Italy some 60 miles northeast of Rome. Thousands of buildings are reported destroyed and damaged  in mountain towns in the Abruzzo region. An update from Guy Carpenter said a total of 26 cities and towns have been damaged in the earthquake, citing officials. Italy has a long history of seismic activity. The central Apennine region has experienced several significant earthquakes in recorded history. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports that in 1997, a significant magnitude 6.0 earthquake occurred some 50 miles north-northwest of the April 6, 2009 event killing 11, injuring over 100 and destroying approximately 80,000 homes in the Marche and Umbria regions. Catastrophe modeler Risk Management Solutions notes that one of the most damaging earthquakes in Italy’s recent history was the 1980 Irpinia earthquake (magnitude 6.9) that caused estimated total damages of $10 billion (1980 values). Check out I.I.I. facts and stats on earthquakes.  

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