The ancient Etruscan area of Central Italy--comprising the towns of Viterbo, Vetralla, Tuscania and Tarquinia--was hit on Saturday night by the worst earthquake in Italy since January 1968.
The ancient Etruscan area of Central Italy--comprising the towns of Viterbo, Vetralla, Tuscania and Tarquinia--was hit on Saturday night by the worst earthquake in Italy since January 1968. VISNEWS Cameraman Pino di Giambattista was in Tuscania practically at the same time as the rescue workers-- and was able to get this film very soon after the event, showing the extent of the damage to buildings and cars.
First reports said thirteen people had been killed--but later it appeared that the count might be considerably higher, and no final figures have yet been given.
It is the earthquake that has hit farthest North in Europe in recent memory--nearer to central Europe than even the Skopje disaster in Yugoslavia in July 1963.
SYNOPSIS: Rescue workers surround a car partly covered by debris which fell from a building in Tuscania, Italy, during Saturday night's devastating earthquake. The tremor severely hit the ancient Etruscan district comprised by the towns of Viterbo, Vetralla and Tarquinia as well as Tuscania--but the worst damage was registered in this medieval town, with four thousand inhabitants, which is listed in the tourist guides as an essential stop on the road from Rome to Florence.
This was the worst earthquake in Italy since January 1968, when two hundred people dies in Western Sicily. It was also farther North than any earthquake in Western Europe in recent memory--nearer to Central Europe than even the Skopje disaster in Yugoslavia in July 1963.
Rescue workers receive instructions to continue the search for survivors through the rubble-strewn streets and under the fallen masonry. More than one hundred injured have already been rescued--but many are still missing and, although the initial death toll was put at thirteen, fears are that the count will be much higher. And, as the dead and the wounded are carried out and taken to makeshift morgues or hospitals, weeping relatives queue to try to identify the dead and claim the wounded.