• Short Summary

    A FLOOD OF REFUGEES IS STREAMING FROM THE ANCIENT ITALIAN SEAPORT OF POZZUOLI, FRIGHTENED BY EARTH TREMORS AND A FEAR THAT IT WILL BE RIPPED APART BY AN UNDERGROUND VOLCANO.

  • Description

    A FLOOD OF REFUGEES IS STREAMING FROM THE ANCIENT ITALIAN SEAPORT OF POZZUOLI, FRIGHTENED BY EARTH TREMORS AND A FEAR THAT IT WILL BE RIPPED APART BY AN UNDERGROUND VOLCANO.

    CLUTCHING BUNDLES OF BELONGINGS, MORE THAN 22- THOUSAND PEOPLE - A THIRD OF THE POPULATION - HAVE DESERTED THE TOWN, BY TRAINS, ARMY LORRIES, AND ON FOOT.

    RUMOURS OF IMMINENT DESTRUCTION ARE SWEEPING THE NARROW STREETS OF THE BAY OF NAPLES PORT. POZZUOLI, NOT FAR FROM THE MOUNT VESUVIUS VOLCANO, HAS BEEN MOVING SLOWLY UP AND DOWN FOR CENTURIES. BUT THE LAND LEVEL HAS BEEN RISING SHARPLY (28-INCHES / 70 CENTIMETRES) SINCE 1968.

    A STRING OF MILD EARTH TREMORS, HARBOUR WATERS THAT GLOW OMINOUSLY RED AT NIGHT AND THE GAUNT PILLARS OF A SUNKEN ROMAN AMPHI-THEATRE RISING OUT OF THE SEA, HAVE STRICKEN THE LOCAL PEOPLE WITH FEARS OF IMPENDING DOOM.

    SOME ARE CONVINCED A VOLCANO WILL BURST UP IN THE CENTRE OF THE TOWN. OTHERS, RECALLING THAT ANCIENT ROMANS DESCRIBED THE AREA AS THE GATEWAY TO HELL, BELIEVE IT WILL BE SWALLOWED UP BY THE BED OF MOLTEN LAVA ON WHICH IT FLOATS.

    EXPERTS ARE SPLIT HOWEVER, ON WHETHER THE SUDDEN RISE IS DUE TO VOLCANIC ACTIVITY OR A SLOW UNDULATING MOVEMENT OF THE EARTH'S CRUST, KNOWN AS BRADYSEISM.

    POLICE HAVE ENFORCED EVACUATION ORDERS IN AN OLD SLUM QUARTER OF THE TOWN, WHICH HAS BEEN WORST HIT BY THE TREMORS. THE LOCAL HOSPITAL, ITS STAFF, PATIENTS AND EQUIPMENT HAVE BEEN MOVED FURTHER INLAND.

    POLICE IN THE NORTHERN INDUSTRIAL CITIES OF MILAN, TURIN AND GENOA, REPORT LARGE GROUPS OF LIGHTLY CLAD REFUGEES WAITING AT RAILWAY STATIONS FOR HELP IN FINDING ACCOMMODATION AND WORK.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2P1FHWP124WOJDGGDJDH61S3H
    Media URN:
    VLVA2P1FHWP124WOJDGGDJDH61S3H
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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