Earthquake in Italy: an update

by Stefania Bufano

Prayers & Piazzas

It has been just under a week since a deadly 6.2 earthquake struck central Italy, in a region about 100 miles northeast of Rome. Suffering the worst damage are the towns of Amatrice, Accumoli, Pescara del Tronto and Arquata del Tronto.

The death toll is now at 291, with hundreds more injured and thousands displaced from their homes.

In the midst of the rubble, citizens of this area work to mourn, recover, and heal.

The community in Amatrice are worried that a bell tower built in the 1400s will be demolished.

“The town is no more,” said Amatrice mayor Sergio Pirozzi, the morning of the earthquake. The church of Sant’Agostino built in 1428, sustained heavy damage but incredibly, the campanile(bell tower)remains standing. Image credit: on photo via CNN

Tent camp for displaced residents in Arquata del Tronto. Image Credit: Cristiano Chiodi/EPA via The Guardian

Hundreds attended the state funeral and Catholic service to lay their loved ones to rest.

Scene from a state funeral on Saturday, August 27, as Italy begins the painful task of saying goodbye.Image credit on photo…

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