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PostMon Apr 06, 2009 5:10 pm » by Curiousmind

90 killed in Italy earthquake

A powerful earthquake struck central Italy as residents slept this morning, killing more than 90 people and making up to 50,000 homeless.

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi cancelled a trip to Moscow and declared a national emergency, which would free up funds for aid and rebuilding. Pope Benedict said he was saying a special prayer for the victims.

"Some towns in the area have been virtually destroyed in their entirety," a somber Gianfranco Fini, speaker of the lower house of parliament, said before the chamber observed a moment of silence.

"Seismologist Gioacchino Giuliani was reported to police for "spreading alarm" and was forced to remove his findings from the internet. Italy's Civil Protection Agency reassured locals at the end of March that tremors being felt were "absolutely normal" for a seismic area. "

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