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L'Aquila after the earthquake '09

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  • L' Aquila after the earthquake '09
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  • On April 6, 2009, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 shook central Italy around 3:30 a.m., causing serious damage in the mountainous Abruzzo region east of Rome. The epicenter was in L'Aquila, a picturesque Medieval fortress hill town.
    By April 9, the number of dead from the earthquake had risen to 308. In all, the government has allocated €100 million to assist victims of the earthquake, which include 28,000 people living in temporary housing.
    N.Y.Times
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    I visited L'Aquila 3 months after the earthquake during the G8 summit purposely moved by the government from Sardinia to Abruzzo.At that time people were living in tents and most of the hystorical part of the city was closed by the police department and the military army. It was really hard for me and my friend Alessandro to get into the camp and the "red zone" wich was the epicenter of the earthquake. Finally we get into it, and we where surrounded by the ruins of  houses that couple months ago were home for thousands of people.