Italy is struggling to recover from two earthquakes, which came 9 days apart and claimed 23 people’s lives. The second battered the economic heartland of the Emilia Romagna region. Italian Rai 3 television reported.
The region was terrorised. 14,000 people sheltered where they could, in tents, cars. They did not dare trust buildings, even those that looked untouched. They were afraid of another quake. Swiss Italian television TSI reported.
Why is there so much geological activity in Italy? It is an area of contact between seismic plates. But the latest series of quakes took scientists by surprise nonetheless. Spanish television TVE reported.
Within the human drama, Italy’s economy has been undermined by the earthquake as well. The region where they struck is rich in small and medium-sized companies and old architecture. French television reported on this.