L'Aquila, 10 years on
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In the early hours of 6 April 2009, an earthquake of magnitude 6 struck 6 km southwest of L'Aquila, a medieval town in central Italy. Around 309 people were killed and more than 1500 were injured. It was the deadliest and most devastating seismic event since 1980.
Since then a lot has changed. Starting in 2017, policy makers in Italy have introduced much-needed incentives to encourage uptake of earthquake insurance and retrofitting to make buildings more earthquake resilient.
We welcome these moves as we believe they will increase the country's overall resilience to natural catastrophes.