6.2 Magnitude Earthquake in Central Italy kills 247

6.2 magnitude Earthquake, Central Italy

The management team of Face Activities extends our deepest sympathies to the families and victims of the terrible earthquake that has struck central Italy. This tragic natural disaster struck out of no where, and has resulted in considerable loss of life. We urge the international community to pull together and send aid and assistance of all kinds to Italy in this our of need.

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake has struck central Italy in the early morning hours, killing a minimum of 247 people and displacing over over 1,000. The center of the quake was 10 km south east of Norcia, and the towns of Cascia, Maltignano, Amatrice and Arquata del Tranto were also effected. Many home were demolished, and people trapped under the rubble.

Rescuers are racing against time to dig victims out of the rubble, but the remote nature of the region makes rescue difficult in many cases, and after shocks, one as powerful as 4.7, have caused serious complications. Prime Minister Matteo Renzio has addressed the nation, vowing to spare no effort during the crucial early stages of rescue, while victims are likely to still be alive.


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7.8 magnitude earthquake strikes Ecuador

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A powerful earthquake struck Ecuador about 8 pm on Saturday, affecting the capital of Quito, and the city of Guayaquil, among other places, and triggering Tsunami warnings along the coast.

The 7.8 magnitude quake’s epicenter was off the northwest Pacific coast, and at least 28 people are dead, along with structural damage, and much fear and confusion. Parts of the capital were without electricity and telephone service, following the quake, but residents successfully communicated using whatsapp on their smart phones.

The temblor follows an earlier earthquake and tremors in Japan that killed 32 people in Kumamoto province, and 9 on Thursday.

Learn more about Ecuadoran Earthquake (Reuters)