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Rescuers hunt all night for Italy quake survivors
L'AQUILA, Italy (Reuters) - Rescuers searched through the night for survivors of an earthquake that killed more than 150 people in central Italy early on Monday and left thousands of homeless huddled in tent camps and rough shelters.
Firemen and emergency workers pulled more than 100 people from the rubble but rain and freezing night-time temperatures into Tuesday complicated the search for survivors in the medieval mountain city of L'Aquila and the devastated surrounding villages.
The quake struck shortly after 3.30 a.m. (9:30 p.m. EDT) on Monday, catching residents in their sleep and flattening houses, ancient churches and other buildings in 26 cities and towns.
Aftershocks rattled the area, some 100 km east (60 miles) of Rome in the rugged Abruzzo region, well into the night as thousands of people sheltered in their cars or in tent camps.
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who declared a national emergency and visited the disaster zone, said at least 150 people had been killed and more than 1,500 injured. The civil protection agency put the number of homeless at up to 50,000.
"It is a serious disaster. Now we must rebuild and that will require huge sums of money," Berlusconi said, pledging to seek hundreds of million of euros from an EU disaster fund.
Rescue workers using powerful floodlights and bulldozers searched for survivors through the night in L'Aquila, freeing some people trapped for more than 20 hours. A fireman recounted how he pulled a boy alive from the mangled remains of his house.
"All we could see was his head sticking from the rubble, his entire body was buried. We kept digging, picking piece by piece of debris and we finally managed to get him out -- when we did the fatigue was great but so was our joy," he said.
Police patrolled houses ripped open by the quake and arrested several people for looting. Thousands of tents were put up in parks and on football pitches to shelter the homeless for the night and hotels on the Adriatic coast were requisitioned.
"It's been such a hard and long day. Now that we are sitting here in our car it's all beginning to sink in," said L'Aquila resident Piera Colucci as she prepared to sleep in her vehicle.
all this would be laughable, if it wasn't because i'm too sad for my countrymen, so i don't have the time to lol at clowns right now.
Originally posted by LookingIn
I hear your pain and you have my condolences, Internos. I wasn't suggesting some magic warning to evacuate a country - I was looking to mixing available findings to provide an incrementally better warning - a siren, interrupt TV/Radio broadcasts 1/2 a minute ahead, to tell people to ACT for their own safety. Even if it's unreasonable or infeasible, I don't think ATS is a place where anyone should be dismissed as a "clown".
Originally posted by justsomeboreddude
I bet someone around here will blame this on the USA. Probably HAARP. It has to be our fault. We are all just sitting around thinking of new ways to kill everyone.
... another series of diplomatic blunders by Berlusconi. i.e. shouting in presence of H.M. the Queen of England, who had to reprimand him; Ignoring the assembled world leaders to have a friendly chat on his mobile phone while the International press was watching; Claiming credit for the success of yesterday's G20 meeting after a very embarrassing performance before his "not-so-peers"; Accusing America as the only responsible of the Italian crisis and requesting Barack Obama to "sort out the mess you made in my country", and the list goes on and on...
Originally posted by Hx3_1963
Wake the dead now...and lock up the moonshine!!!