Italy earthquake: Why so many houses collapsed
When Giorgio Adamo woke up in his flat amid the horror of the earthquake that shock central Italy at 03:36 on 24 August, it was the banging of his wardrobe that startled him.
While buildings crashed down throughout the region, claiming the lives of 298 people, many structures like Giorgio's in the town of Ascoli Piceno remained intact. The furniture had moved away from the walls but his flat and the building itself were intact.
His mother, Maddalena, was not so lucky. A few miles up the River Tronto to the south-east, she stayed terrified in her bed as the quake tore down the front wall of... read more
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