Earth Science News  





. A miraculous rescue and stunned survivors after Italy quake

by Staff Writers
L'Aquila, Italy (AFP) April 7, 2009
A 98-year-old woman Tuesday made it out alive, crocheting under rubble while waiting for rescuers, as others in this quake-hit Italian city sought to come to grips with death and devastation.

"I had two friends in there," Bernardo, 52, said as he looked at a damaged building, his expression leaving no doubt about their fate.

The nonagerian was rescued early Tuesday after about 30 hours under debris, Italian media reported. Maria D'Antuono told the ANSA news agency she whiled away the time by "doing crochet."

Sky TG24 said D'Antuono was in good condition when she was evacuated.

L'Aquila -- the capital of the Abruzzo region -- was a ghost town less than 36 hours after the quake, with its overall death toll climbing past 200.

Children sheltered at a blue tent city still being set up by the interior ministry eagerly accepted pastries from the nearby town of Rieti as snacks.

Tinned food, hot pasta and water were handed out to long lines of homeless survivors as mothers consoled their babies.

Teenagers tried to reach friends on their mobile phones after recharging their batteries at a rescue point.

"We were lucky enough to sleep in one of the unheated tents last night where they provided beds and blankets," said 56-year-old Fernanda.

"Others were not so lucky and slept in their cars," she said, sitting on a bed, flanked by her eight- and 10-year-old granddaughters.

Seven-year-old Francesco and his six-year old brother Silvio watched rescue workers setting up more tents.

"I miss school because here. I can't be with my friends," Francesco said.

Two clowns -- one with a red plastic nose, the other with a tiny red heart painted on the tip of her nose -- made their way through the crowd of homeless children trying to cheer them up.

"This is the least we can do for the children," said Doctor Tric Trac of the Sorridi in Ospedale (Bring a smile to the hospital) troupe, a young aid worker in his early 30s who would not give his real name.

Tric Trac and colleague Doctor Piperita normally work in hospital wards for children with serious ailments like cancer.

"We could have done without this though," Piperita said.

Lines were forming at a makeshift pharmacy where those needing urgent medication could get prescription drugs.

Most people on the streets of L'Aquila's city centre, where even supposedly quake-safe modern structures crumbled, appeared dazed.

Throughout the city centre the distant sound of alarms could be heard wailing from apartments their tenants left in a rush.

"I don't know how I got out of my apartment," said 72-year-old Berta, still in shock, as her husband gave her a tender hug.

"We have a house in the countryside nearby where we could go, but they told us to stay away because they consider that it's not safe," she said. "We have nowhere else to go."

Five of Berta's seven grandchildren have lost their mother, she said, wiping away tears.

Many survivors refused to talk to reporters, or even to their neighbours.

A 10-minute walk away, a crowd of curious onlookers had formed as rescuers silently worked in line to retrieve those buried in the rubble of a four-storey building.

They said three bodies were removed earlier Tuesday.

Apartment buildings nearby were still standing but marked by the violence of the earthquake. Others appeared untouched, but all were now empty as officials feared more aftershocks.

Next to the tent city, a Disney-like fairground was also closed, but as it suffered no apparent damage children were begging to take a ride.

Share This Article With Planet Earth
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook



Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
A world of storm and tempest
When the Earth Quakes




Tempur-Pedic Mattress Comparison

Newsletters :: SpaceDaily Express :: SpaceWar Express :: TerraDaily Express :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News
Rescue workers in Italy running on adrenaline
L'Aquila, Italy (AFP) April 7, 2009
Rescue workers of all stripes who have descended on the central Italian city of L'Aquila have every right to be exhausted nearly 48 hours since the killer earthquake here.

.
Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
  



  • A miraculous rescue and stunned survivors after Italy quake
  • Italy quake exacts toll on cultural heritage
  • Rescue workers in Italy running on adrenaline
  • Fast Communication Channels Critical For Public Health

  • Establishing A Unified Climate Change Language
  • New Greenhouse Gas Identified
  • Australian state eases drought restrictions
  • Relocation, Relocation, Relocation

  • Angry British villagers stop Google maps car: report
  • Satellite Snow Maps Help Reindeer Herders Adapt To A Changing Arctic
  • NASA Continues To Advance International Polar Year Science
  • Satellites Will Help Predict Disasters

  • Unique Approach For Splitting Water Into Hydrogen And Oxygen
  • Analysis: Energy Dept. stimulus grants
  • Analysis: Oil and Gas Pipeline Watch
  • Germany's Linde unveils new Chinese joint venture

  • Evolution-Proof Insecticides May Stall Malaria Forever
  • Toll in China disease outbreak rises to 31 children
  • Minimising The Spread Of Deadly Hendra Virus
  • Ecologists Question Effects Of Climate Change On Infectious Diseases

  • Cooperative Behavior Meshes With Evolutionary Theory
  • Bird Can Read Human Gaze
  • Redefining DNA: Darwin From The Atom Up
  • Permian Extinction Not A Global Event

  • 'Super Sherpa' climbs to clean up Everest
  • Wanted: Mayor for polluted, accident-prone China city
  • Berlusconi opens Naples incinerator
  • Industry No Threat To Australian Burrup Rock Art

  • Is There A Seat Of Wisdom In The Brain
  • British woman does 314-foot ocean dive
  • Teeth Of Columbus' Crew Flesh Out Tale Of New World Discovery
  • Americans spend eight hours a day in front of screens

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2007 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement