The first quiet night in Amatrice after the earthquake of 24 August that devastated the town located on the border between Lazio and Abruzzo and aftershocks in the following days. No shocks have bothered the 2,500 displaced people camped in tents prepared by the Civil Protection.
In the meanwhile, operations for the recovery of bodies still buried under rubble are continuing. The last extracted body is that of a woman who, at the time of the earthquake, was in a room on the first floor of the Hotel Roma. To be able to pull her, the fire brigade had to dig 4 meters and cut the beams that blocked access. Among the victims who were in the hotel, two bodies have been already located, but not yet pulled out because of the difficulties to reach them.
The last major shock (magnitude 4.4) was recorded on Sunday at 5:55 p.m., with its epicenter near Arquata del Tronto (Ascoli Piceno). Tables, lamps, and tents visibly rocked in Pescara del Tronto, provoking great concern among the displaced and the rescuers. The shock was felt by the population in a large area of the Marche region.
The number of the victims of the earthquake detected to date is 290 – a figure that has been corrected by the prefecture of Rieti, compared to 291 -, whereas the number of 10 missing people is deemed “reasonable” by the head of Civil Protection, who attributes it to the Amatrice mayor. “We do not provide numbers regarding people who went missing because of the difficulty we experience in gauging this phenomenon – he said after the first meeting of the new command and control board (Dicomac) in Rieti -. If Amatrice mayor knows that in 10 persons are still missing, we work to find them.”