Seven hundred people are now known to have died in Italy's worst earthquake since 1930, but a government spokesman said on Friday night (7 May) that it was feared the final count could be more than 1000.
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Background: Seven hundred people are now known to have died in Italy's worst earthquake since 1930, but a government spokesman said on Friday night (7 May) that it was feared the final count could be more than 1000.
The earthquake hit at 9 p.m. on Thursday night (6 May) and measured 6.5 on the open-ended Richter scale. It was felt in six other European countries but Italy was the only place where there were deaths and widespread destruction.
On Saturday (8 May) thousands of workers were still working desperately to dig for people who were thought to be still alive under the mounds of rubble. But as the hours passed the hopes of saving them grew slimmer and slimmer.
An estimated 150,000 people were left homeless by the quake and were camping out in the countryside until accommodation can be found for them.
Reuters correspondent John Morrison toured the devastated area on Friday and described the scene as one of utter desolation with more than three quarters of the buildings severely damaged or destroyed.
On Friday night a military convoy from West Germany arrived in the area carrying Canadian medical teams and large quantities of medical supplies. Another arrived from Austria.
The Interior Ministry in Rome has expressed concern about the possibility of cholera or typhus outbreaks because of continuing hot weather and no services. Several devastated towns have been sprayed with disinfectants to prevent outbreaks of an epidemic. Several places are without water. Mains have been broken and higher than normal temperatures are aggravating the situation.