Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italy united 'by pain, memory' of earthquake, president says

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Rome, May 20 - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano
on Monday said the country was united by the pain and the memory
of the devastating earthquake that struck the northern
Emilia-Romagna region a year ago on this day.
"Tragedies of this kind inflict a serious wound on the
entire country, which must unite itself in the pain and in the
memory," said Napolitano in a statement.
The quake, which struck just after 4:00 AM Italian time,
measured a magnitude of 5.9 and was followed by a 5.8-magnitude
quake on May 29.
These and their aftershocks killed a total of 27 people,
injured several hundred and left thousands homeless.
The economy in the area, long a powerhouse of Italian
industrial output, also suffered a huge blow, and many buildings
today remain in ruin.
"In the certainty that the same spirit will continue to
give life to the reconstruction effort, I express my closeness
to all the stricken communities and all Italians," Napolitano
added.

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