Truman Capote

A 4.0 quake causes devastation, raising a question: Just how bad is Italian construction?

A 4.0 quake causes devastation, raising a question: Just how bad is Italian construction?

Rescuers on the Italian island of Ischia celebrated on Tuesday as they pulled three children from the wreckage of a house destroyed by a magnitude 4.0 earthquake that left two dead and 2,600 homeless.

But as in some past quakes, questions were raised about the ease with which Italians flout building standards after a relatively low-intensity quake caused buildings to crumble and claim lives. Other seismically active regions, including Southern California, experience quakes of similar intensity multiple times a year with little or no damage.

“This was a ridiculous quake with tragic results, something we cannot accept in a modern country,” said Domenico Angelone, spokesman for...

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