by Staff Writers
Rome (AFP) June 4, 2012
Three regions in northeast Italy which have been hit by strong quakes in the past two weeks sought to reassure tourists on Monday, telling them their beaches were safe as the summer season began.
"Continue to choose the welcoming and safe beaches of the northern Adriatic coast," said the presidents of the Emilia Romagna, Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia in an appeal addressed to "foreign and Italian tourists."
The area cannot afford to lose the tourist industry after the tremors on May 20 and 29 caused costly damage to buildings, factories and warehouses.
Germans and Austrians in particular flock to summer resorts in Rimini and Riccione, but reports are emerging of anxious people cancelling their bookings.
"We ask our international guests to continue to visit us in order to avoid unjustly penalising us. The best way to help those who are suffering today is to chose our tourist destinations," the region's appeal said.
"The north Adriatic coasts are as safe and competitive as usual. All roads, motorways and airports are open," it said.
A 5.1-magnitude quake hit the region on Sunday as aftershocks continue to terrorise people living in temporary tents camps after May's quakes, which toppled buildings and left 23 people dead.
Italy marked the tragedy with a day of national mourning on Monday.
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
A world of storm and tempest
When the Earth Quakes
Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.
Peru carries out nationwide earthquake safety drill
Lima (AFP) May 31, 2012
Peru carried out a nationwide safety drill on Thursday to see how authorities respond to a cataclysmic 8-magnitude earthquake with an epicenter just west of the capital, and the resulting tsunami. Authorities fear that such a quake and tsunami could kill more than 50,000 people, destroy about 200,000 homes, and leave some two million people homeless. "This toll represents the worst case ... read more
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2012 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. 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 Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|