Fatal Earthquake Hits the Island of Ischia
By: Liz Flynn
Tragedy has once again struck Italy as an earthquake has hit the island of Ischia. The natural disaster occurred on Monday 21 August at 8.57 pm. The island, which is located in the Bay of Naples close to Capri, was left devastated following the quake which had a magnitude of 4.0 on the Richter scale. The earthquake caused panic on the island and the most severely affected area was the village of Casamicciola (pictured prior to the earthquake).
This earthquake has happened just days before the first anniversary of an earthquake with a 6.0 magnitude which hit central Italy. The previous earthquake killed just under 300 people with Amatrice, a hill town, and the surrounding area being the worst affected areas.
There is not yet an official fatality rate known in relation to the most recent earthquake. However, it is currently believed that Ischia’s earthquake has killed two women; one of whom was a tourist visiting from the mainland and a mother-of-six who was killed by falling debris from a church. It is estimated that around 40 people are injured.
Like in many tragic circumstances, there are stories that remind people that there is always hope in the face of adversity. In this instance, the ray of hope comes from three brothers who were pulled alive from the rubble and devastation left behind by the earthquake. Firefighters worked without a break for hours in their bid to successfully save the young boys.
The youngest of the three boys, Pasquale Marmolo, is just seven months old and was pulled from the wreckage wearing just a nappy and a cotton sleepsuit. He was trapped in the debris left behind following the quake for almost 10 hours and onlookers erupted in cheers when the baby was finally rescued.
Seven-year-old Mattias was rescued several hours later when he was discovered beneath a bed under which he had taken refuge. Finally, after a 16-hour ordeal during which he had been trapped in complete darkness, their older brother Ciro, 11, was rescued. The two older boys had sustained cuts, bruises, and minor fractures as a result of the incident.