Monday, April 06, 2009

Central Italy Devastated by Powerful Earthquake

Rescue efforts are continuing in the central Italian towns located in the Appenine mountain range. The current death toll of 150 is expected to rise and tens of thousands of people are now homeless.

More video is available from the New York Times: "Deadly Earthquake Shakes Central Italy."

The Guardian (UK) news site has an interactive map which shows the proximity of L'Aquila, the epicenter of the quake, to the City of Rome, as well as Naples, where Mount Vesuvius, Italy's active volcano, is located.

The tremors were powerful enough to be felt in Rome and the Telegraph (UK) and New York Times both report that the Baths of Caracalla, near the Aventine Hill, have suffered damage.