L’Aquila marks the 12th anniversary of a deadly earthquake

L’Aquila beams blue light into the sky to mark 12 years since the earthquake.

Italy is marking the 12th anniversary of the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that struck L’Aquila’s city in the early hours of 6 April 2009, killing 309 people, leaving 70,000 homeless, and devastating more than 50 villages in the central Abruzzo region.

Due to covid-19, for the second year in a row, L’Aquila residents have been unable to gather together for the traditional torchlit procession through the city’s streets.

Instead, a huge blue beam of light was projected into the sky from an almost deserted Piazza Duomo last night, and the church bells rang out 309 times, once for each victim left buried under the rubble.

Works to reconstruct L’Aquila buildings are still underway, 12 years after the city was devastated by the deadly earthquake.

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