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April 2009: Quake jolts L’Aquila, Italy

A woman pays tribute at a funeral in L’Aquila for victims of Monday’s earthquake in central Italy. The death toll from the magnitude 6.3 quake has climbed to 289. (Antonio Calanni / Associated Press)
Mourners pray before the 205 coffins covered by flowers and photos of the dead, laid out on the parade ground of a police academy in the mountain city of L’Aquila in central Italy. (Carlo Ferraro / European Pressphoto Agency)
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s secretary of State, blesses the coffins of the earthquake victims during the state funeral in L’Aquila in Italy. (Marco Di Lauro / Getty Images)
A relative offers a toy in tribute to a young quake victim during the state funeral in L’Aquila, Italy. Small white caskets with the bodies of children lay on their parents’ coffins, some with a favorite toy placed on top. The youngest victim was a 5-month-old boy, killed along with his mother. (Andreas Solaro / AFP/Getty Images)
A mourner is overcome with grief at Italy’s state funeral for victims of Monday’s quake. Flags flew at half staff on a national day of mourning. Shops lowered their shutters, airports stopped takeoffs for a minute’s silence and traffic wardens removed their bright jackets. (Andreas Solaro / AFP/Getty Images)
Wedding photos lie amid the remains of a building that collapsed in the earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said the death toll in central Italy’s quake had risen to 260, including 16 children. (Filippo Monteforte / AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers in the village of Onna stand amid the rubble after a violent earthquake in central Italy the day before that killed more than 200 people and left thousands homeless.

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Firefighters help a survivor recover personal belongings in Onna. Rescue workers in the mountainous region of Abruzzo continued the search for people buried in the rubble of buildings that in some cases had stood fast since medieval times.

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The 6.3 quake crumbled centuries-old structures in the city of L’Aquila, transforming it from a historic town into a disaster scene.

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Residents spent the night in a shelter set up in a gymnasium at the L’Aquila sport center university.

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The view from a helicopter shows quake damage to the village of Onna, in the province of L’Aquila. A violent earthquake jolted central Italy, killing more than 150 people and injuring 1,500 as buildings and homes in the walled medieval town of L’Aquila were reduced to rubble.

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A car is buried under rubble from a collapsed building in Onna.

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The bridge to Fossa, outside L’Aquila, was seriously damaged by the powerful earthquake, measured at a magnitude of between 5.8 and 6.3 on the Richter scale.

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A man gets shelter from the rain under a blanket. More than 150 people were killed, 1,500 were injured and tens of thousands were left homeless.

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A woman is helped by soldiers in the Abruzzo capital L’Aquila.

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A child is comforted by a Red Cross rescuer in a refugee camp set up just outside L’aquila.

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A youth, left, leaves L’Aquila as rescuers and local people search through the rubble of a house. Thousands of people were left homeless after the powerful temblor knocked residents out of their beds about 3:30 a.m.

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The dome of the Santa Maria del Suffragio’s church, known as Purgatory Church or Saint Souls Church, in downtown L’Aquila, sustained extensive damage.

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An eldery woman is carried into an Italian civil protection tent in a refugee camp set up just outside L’aquila.

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Police officers inspect buildings near the prefecture in the center of L’Aquila. Thousands of residents in the medieval town were left homeless after the powerful quake.

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Homes such as this one in the village of Castelnuovo in central Italy were reduced to rubble. The quake’s epicenter was near L’Aquila, about 75 miles from Rome, but neighboring towns have also been hit.

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An earthquake survivor is rescued in L’Aquila in central Italy.

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A car is buried in rubble in Onna in the Aquila region.

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Rescue workers try to find residents in the center of the Abruzzo capital L’Aquila, the epicenter of an earthquake measuring between 5.8 and 6.3 on the Richter scale.

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Elderly women sit in a street next to rubble following the earthquake in Aquila in central Italy.

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Collapsed building in an area near L’Aquila, central Italy.

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A police officer talks on a mobile phone in front of a damaged building in the center of the Abruzzo capital L’Aquila.

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