Sunday, April 12, 2009

Italian Earthquake Aftermath

Thousands Mourn Quake Victims at Funeral Mass

New York Times — Four long rows of flower-decked coffins lined a courtyard, docked like boats borne by a sea of grief, as friends and families gathered here on Friday to mourn 205 victims of Monday’s earthquake.
Sometimes the tiny coffins of children were placed atop those of a parent. Many showed color photos of the dead in the full bloom of life. One carried a simple note, written in pencil on a page torn from a diary: “I love you.”
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Italian rescue teams end search for possible quake survivor

CNN — Authorities on Saturday ended a rescue operation at a site thought to hold a survivor from this week's earthquake, the L'Aquila fire brigade told CNN.
No survivors or bodies were found.
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Investigation of building standards in quake zone

Associated Press — L'Aquila's chief prosecutor announced an investigation into allegations of shoddy construction as workers continued to scour the rubble for people still missing after a devastating earthquake five days ago.
Rescuers pulled one more body from a collapsed building on Saturday, raising the death toll to 291.
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