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Earthquake Italy Aquila Abruzzo Italian Terremoto

Read personal moving stories and detailed village damage in the comments of another blog posting here

BREAKING NEWS: L’Aquila 7th April 2009 19:45

Another earthquake 5.7 Richter

LATEST NEWS: Rome: 7th April 2009 11:30am

· E  Earthquake strikes again : 11:20am local time today Tuesday another strong earthquake brings back panic as the earth continues to tremor.

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If you are looking for information on family or friends whom you may believe have been lost in the Abruzzo Earthquake in Italy then the best contact is the Abruzzo Civil Protection which can be reached on +39 800 861016 or +39 800 860146.(the repeated single ring tone means engaged) Their head office can be reached on +39 06 68201 (there is a long waiting queue.)

Abruzzo Earthquake in Aquila Italy Update:

Aquila one day after the Earthquake Abruzzo (click to read and view comments with very moving stories and detailed information about specific village damage) central Italy is coming to terms with the shocking volume of mortalities and casualties.

  • · 228 deaths just announced by the Italian president SIlvio Berlusconi.
  • · 15 missing
  • · 1500 injured, many transferred to Rome hospitals
  • · 17,000 people didn’t sleep in their Italian house last night and atayed in local hotels in Adriatic coast or in local Italian B&B, temporary campsites and even in the Aquila rugby stadium emergency camp. If you have friends in Aquila who need a place to sleep tell them to call the Italian “numero verde” green number helpline on 800-861-016 and they will be advised where to go and sleep and get some hot food and water.

Earthquake Aquila discussion : (post your thoughts)

How and why was this earthquake not foreseen ? As in many other parts of the world.

In California “The Big One” is planned for with emergency strategies already in place.

This whole affair makes Italy appear like a third world country. Communication to families and friends is very limited. International announcements don’t exist. If this had happened anywhere else in the world there would be an official “Earthquake Fund”, government t funds would have been allocated exclusively to the tragedy, a website with official information would exist. Instead in true Italian style its organised mayhem.

Everyone is pulling together and doing their best, and thanks to them. Berlusconi famous for his international gaffs has even officially announced “Italy has its own funds to allocate to this tragedy, we don’t need international funds we can do it alone”, what is he on about ? Everyone wants to help, organise international aid straight away and get things sorted asap. His answer is to allocate 30million Euros, does he really think that rebuild the houses, the economy, the moral ???

Unfortunately there is always the horrible side to these disasters as people have been reported looting the abandoned houses.

Earthquake Italy Official news.

Still there is no Italy earthquake official website with accurate information and instructions about how to find out if loved ones are amongst the dead. When this is announced I will post that here. Meanwhile try the numbers at the top for the helpline though they are very busy.

Earthquake Abruzzo Italy official donations.

Charities and websites are popping up from everywhere organising Italian earthquake donation funds. Please be aware of the scams.

Here is a list of some of the official Abruzzo earthquake donation methods either on line or over the phone.

Local Italians are helping by offering accommodation to the homeless, blood donations, food offers and general assistance.

If you own a house in Italy, Abruzzo you can offer you beds to the homeless by calling +39 0854-308-309

Considering your distance the best help you can offer is to make a donation to Italian Earthquake.

In America you can donate directly through the “National Italian American Foundation” at NIAF.

Or donate directly to various Italian Charities :


IBAN: IT13R0306905032000009188568

Account name : Caritas Italiana

Reference : “Terremoto Abruzzo

Italian Red Cross :

IBAN : IT66 – C010 0503 3820 0000 0218020

Bank : Banca Nazionale di Lavoro (BNL)

Reference “Pro terremoto Abruzzo”or online at


Abruzzo Regional council:

IBAN : IT69L0300215300000410000000

Bank : Unicredit Banca di Roma

Reference : Regione Abruzzo – donazione per il sisma (translated means Abruzzo regional council – donations for earthquake)

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    mipc // April 7th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    23:45pm Italy : Yet another earthquake not too serious at Fossa

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    mipc // April 8th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Rome 21:15pm 8th April 2009

    I’ve managed to get contact details to where you can send a request to find out if your loved ones are still with us.

    The Italian Protezione Civile have a list of identified persons who have died in the earthquake.

    They also have a database of people whom have self declared that they are alive.

    If your relatives have not declared they are alive nor or on the list of mortalities then there is the highly unprobable possibility that they are 1 of the 15 mortalities still not identified. (latest total deaths 272)

    When you contact the Italian Civil Protection you must provide

    * your name
    * your contact details ; address/telephone or email
    * the fullname of the person you are looking for
    * the address where the person you are looking for lived.

    You can call directly the Italian Civil Protection on 0039 0862 361255 They do speak a little english, but for communication reasons it may be better that you email them with the same above details to

    Please be patient for a reply. They guarantee that they will reply to everyone.

  3. 5
    Gio // April 11th, 2009 at 6:04 am

    I have been watching the developments in Abruzzo since the hours immediately following the earthquake. BBC film crews captured the faces of those chased from their homes and I felt they expressed a quiet but obvious outrage. And, well they should!

    I’ve been a resident of Southern California for 25 years, and my grandparents came to America from Chieti. Abruzzo is close to my heart and earthquakes are, out of necessity, rarely far from my thoughts. I’ve experienced shaking of the 6.5 magnitude on a number of occasions, so I feel for the residents in and around L’Aquila. But, I’ve got to question the finger “wagging” at so-called “unscrupulous” builders who manage to side-step proper construction procedures in order to save money.

    In my part of the world the ground shakes to some degree every day. But, buildings are held up to inspection and those that are not retro-fitted or stabilized in some way are pointed out, and their owners/builders are often taken to task if their structures are not re-enforced. Highways, bridges, and overpasses too get close inspection. This has saved many lives in the state over the years, and as codes get stricter it should save many more. Tall buildings in our cities are often built on rollers- literally wheels that let the building sway during a quake. Inside our houses we secure large pieces of furniture and cupboard doors. My water heater is enclosed in a strap-like device that is bolted to the wall.

    I find it shameful that the Berlusconi government would allow such shabby or non-existent standards in a country so seismically active. The Pope joins the government in condolences and urgings to re-build and go on with life. Yet, I hear no one pushing for the standards that can save lives and property during the next shaker.

    The government claims it will provide money for re-building. But, building without stabilizing is foolish. In California this is gospel. Much easier to bring in the bricks, mortar and lumber and just dump it in a heap in the center of L’Aquila, because in another 25 years or so that’s what will become of it.


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    Stela Yordanova // April 14th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    British Red Cross has launched an appeal to help thousands who are injured or homeless after a powerful earthquake struck central Italy on 6 April. Read more on


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