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L'Aquila: Piazza della Repubblica after the April 6, 2009 Earthquake
L'Aquila: a virtual tour of the Red Zone after the April 6th, 2009 earthquake

At 03:32 CEST on April 6, 2009, a major earthquake rocked the city of L'Aquila and the surrounding villages, in the center of Italy.

297 people were killed in those 20 seconds, more than a thousand were injured and around 70,000 were left homeless.

Many historic buildings collapsed in the centre of the city. This panorama was taken two and a half months after, at Piazza della Repubblica, in front of the Prefecture, heavily damaged by the earthquake.

The reconstruction of the city will probably take more than a decade.

Copyright: Mauro Contrafatto | 360way.It
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 8000x4000
Uploaded: 19/12/2009
Updated: 24/09/2014
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