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Danes report on chaos following deadly Italian earthquake

TheCopenhagenPost
August 24th, 2016


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Death toll expected to rise as search of rubble continues

Danish tourists and residents are among those digging themselves out on Wednesday after a magnitude 6.2 earthquake and a series of aftershocks struck several towns in central Italy.

Dane Christina Adamsen felt the earthquake in Chianciano Terme, where she has been on holiday since Monday.

“We felt it quite strongly,” Adamsen told DR Nyheder.

“I woke up and was annoyed because I thought my husband was shaking the bed. We discovered shortly afterwards that it was an earthquake; the whole building and the floor and everything was swaying.”

Aftershock app
Adamsen said she feared that aftershocks could be on the way, so she downloaded an app that displays information about earthquakes.

“The app showed aftershocks were coming,” she said. “About ten small ones hit later.”

Adamsen said that many of the guests at the hotel began to pack up and leave, afraid the building might collapse.

She and her husband plan to continue their holiday as planned.

“We’re going horseback riding later,” she said. “We do not intend to change our plans.”

Death toll rising
At least 21 people were killed and dozens more are missing or feared dead.

The death toll climbed in the morning as rescuers searched for people trapped in the rubble. The hardest-hit towns were Amatrice and Accumoli near Rieti, about 130 kilometres northeast of Rome.


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