They are saying the village of Onna has been “wiped off the map.”
Close to the epicentre of central Italy’s devastating earthquake, it has paid a heavy price. At least 40 of its 300 or so inhabitants have died. It is feared that figure could rise. Onna is around 10 kilometres from L’Aquila, the medieval city also reduced to ruins. And, while survivors in both places know they are lucky to be alive, vivid images of the tremor are still fresh in many minds. “It was terrible. It was terrible,” said one woman. “Everything was shaking, everything was falling down. Everything was falling down.” As well as the human cost, the region’s heritage has also suffered a bitter blow. Several historic churches and other sites of cultural importance have been severely damaged.