• Short Summary

    Residents of the Italian port of Ancona began clearing up today (Thursday) after two earthquakes caused severe damage to buildings in the town.

  • Description

    Residents of the Italian port of Ancona began clearing up today (Thursday) after two earthquakes caused severe damage to buildings in the town.

    One person was reported dead in the earthquakes, which occurred two hours apart late last night (Wednesday).

    Thousand of awakened inhabitants fled homes and buildings as the first quake struck. Some left the city by read, while others spent the rest of the night sleeping in cars and on cafe tables.

    A number of people were treated at hospitals for injuries received from falling masonry.

    The old part of the city, which is on the Adriatic coast, buffered worst damage. Older buildings, damaged during an earthquake in January, collapsed altogether.

    The city's police chief described the earthquakes as the worst in a series of hundreds which have struck Ancona in recent months. A nearby observatory registered their strength as nine and seven points respectively on the 12-point Mercalli scale.

    Tremors were felt up to 140 miles (230 kms) away.

    SYNOPSIS: Dawn breaks over the Italian port of Ancona, on the Adriatic coast, revealing an unusual scene with residents sleeping at cafe tables and in cars. Thousands at them and fled their homes during the night as two earthquakes struck the city two hours apart. Some left the city by road, seeking to escape any further tremors. Other stayed in streets, sleeping wherever they could.

    One person was reported dead in the earthquakes. A number of people were treated at hospitals for injuries received from falling masonry.

    Hardest hit by the quakes was the old part of them city, which received severe damage in an earthquake in January. Older buildings collapse, wrecking cars parked in the streets.

    The two quakes were described by the city's police chief as the worst in a series of hundreds which have struck Ancona in recent months. A nearby observatory registered their strength as nine and seven points, respectively, on the 12-point Mercalli scale.

    Tremors were felt up to 140 miles away from the city, which has a population of 100,000. Telephones and power supply were cut in many parte. Authorities estimated the damage would run into millions of pounds.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADHWDWS4VLPYESDU9IP6E876PA
    Media URN:
    VLVADHWDWS4VLPYESDU9IP6E876PA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/06/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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