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Earthquake in Italy. The Red Cross Response

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At 3:32 a.m. on Monday, April 6th, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck the city of L'Aquila in central Italy, 120 km northeast of Rome. According to Red Cross reports, at least 179 people have died, more than 1500 have been injured and roughly 17,000 have been left homeless. The numbers of dead and injured are expected to grow.

Red Cross Response

Italian Red Cross rescue teams were on the scene of the disaster within an hour after the earthquake struck. Italian Red Cross has 350 volunteers working around the clock and another 150 ready to help as needed. They are providing survivors with meals, blankets and emergency shelter.

Assessing the Situation

The Italian Red Cross continues to be active in the emergency response phase of this disaster and has not requested international assistance at this time. The Canadian Red Cross remains on standby and is monitoring the situation closely.

While Canadian Red Cross appreciates that Canadians have a strong desire to contribute to the recovery effort, we are asking for their patience while the needs in the affected region are assessed.

Canadians wishing to help support relief efforts may leave their contact information with either their local Red Cross branch or toll free at 1-800 -418-1111. As we find out more about the needs in the next 24 to 48 hours, we will be in touch to update you directly and will post information here at

You can help the victims of countless crises around the world each year by making a financial gift to the Canadian Red Cross International Disaster Relief Fund which will provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need when international aid is requested. Please click here to make a donation.

To read more about the Italian Red Cross response please click here :

Posted April 6, 2009/Updated April 7, 2009

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Peace Is Good
By Tom Meadows on April 22,2009

Hello i am Tom Meadows

I think that this earthquake is bad because everyone is unhappy

I dont think we should have earthquakes any more

please make them stop

thank you very much God loves you


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