Friday 23 March 2018

Peter Bills: Living in life's aftershocks

Local rugby club spearheads recovery as Italian town of L'Aquila comes to terms with earthquake

Peter Bills

He knew the terror it foretold and understood that death was probably inevitable. But that wasn't the hardest part of the nightmare for Italian rugby man Marco Molina.

The marketing and communications official for L'Aquila Rugby Club had been awoken by the rumbling noise as it intensified every second. He knew what it meant -- there had been several thousand foreshocks which told of impending disaster since December 2008.

L'Aquila, high up in the Apennine mountains of central Italy and capital of the Abruzzo region, was no stranger to earthquakes: the last major one, in 1703, had killed around 5,000 people. Even so, Molina was terrified, principally for his young sons.

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