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Central Italy Earthquake Death Toll Rises, Search for Victims Continues


Italian officials have raised the death toll from Wednesday's earthquake to at least 247 people and injured more than 360.Rescuers are continuing to search for victims buried in the debris.

 義大利官方已把週三(2016年8月24日)地震的死亡人數(death toll)提高到至少247人,受傷人數則超過360人。搜救人員仍持續搜尋埋在瓦礫(debris)中的受難者。


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Central Italy Earthquake Death Toll Rises, Search for Victims Continues
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Last updated on: August 25, 2016 7:12 AM (source

Central Italy Earthquake Death Toll Rises, Search for Victims Continues


August 25, 2016 7:12 AM
Jamie Dettmer

Italian officials have raised the death toll from Wednesday's earthquake to at least 247 people and injured more than 360.

Rescuers are continuing to search for victims buried in the debris.

Earlier Wednesday, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi traveled by helicopter to the affected areas and shook hands with the rescue volunteers. Renzi also spoke with the minister of infrastructure and the head of the civil protection agency.

He declined to make any statement to reporters, saying it was "not the time to talk." Earlier, Renzi said, "No family, no city, no town will be left alone.''

The earthquake struck the region just after 3:30 a.m. local time Wednesday, causing extensive damage to three cities near the epicenterChildren were among the dead.

The U.S. Geological Survey put the epicenter of the magnitude-6.2 quake about 10 kilometers southeast of the town of Norcia.

The shaking was also felt across a large part of the Umbria region, including the capital, Rome, 150 kilometers away.

The hardest-hit areas included the towns of Amatrice and Accumoli, which was largely reduced to rubble.

"Three-quarters of the town is not there anymore,'' Amatrice Mayor Sergio Pirozzi told state-run broadcaster RAI. "The aim now is to save as many lives   as possible. There are voices under the rubble; we have to save the people there."

 The civil protection agency confirmed that 53 of the dead were in Amatrice alone.

"The whole ceiling fell but did not hit me," Amatrice resident Maria Gianni said. "I just managed to put a pillow on my head and I wasn't hit luckily, just   slightly injured my leg."

Another woman, sitting in front of her destroyed home, said she did not know what might have happened to her loved ones.

"It was one of the most beautiful towns of Italy and now there's nothing left,'' she said.

The Rev. Savino D'Amelio, a parish priest in Amatrice, called the situation an "immense tragedy."

More than 80 aftershocks

In the neighboring province of Marche, the earthquake was felt at 3.36 a.m. In Montefiore dell'Aso, about 90 minutes away by car from Norcia, the epicenter, the shock lasted about 30 seconds, VOA's Jamie Dettmer said.

Dettmer said residents at the Hotel Magnolia, perched above a picturesque valley running into the Adriatic, were shocked by the quake's strength and duration as they evacuated the building, fearing aftershocks.

"The hotel creaked and groaned ... as the prolonged jolt tested the building, which held up well.  There was only a slight and small superficial crack in the masonry," he said.

Outside the hotel, guests trawled the internet for news and called family and friends to find out if they were all safe.

About 45 minutes later, a second, weaker temblor lasted about 20 seconds. And later on, another aftershock was felt, also lasting about 20 seconds.

Dettmer said more than 80 aftershocks have been felt since the initial large tremor in different parts of Italy.

"Italians in the central provinces of Lazio, Marche and Umbria are on edge," he said. "Many people are fearful of a repeat of the devastation caused in the   2009 earthquake that wrecked the city of L'Aquila, in which 309 people died. So far it is smaller villages that have been mostlyaffected."

Wednesday'squake was not far from L'Aquila.

Most of the dead were in the villages of Accumoli and Amatrice. Another village to the southeast of Norcia, Pescara del Tronto, was leveled

Several days earlier, central Italy had experienced slight tremors.

At the Vatican, Pope Francis expressed his sorrow for the people and cities affected and canceled part of his general audience to pray for the victims.

International aid

German leaders have offered condolences and assistance to Italy. France is also offering Italy all the help "that might be necessary"  after the deadly   earthquake in Umbria.

Christos Stylianides, the European Union's crisis management commissioner, said the EU emergency response center is in contact with Italian  civil protection authorities to see what additional help might be required.

Italy's civil protection agency said several hundred people were injured and many others are in need of temporary housing.

"Quakes of this magnitude at this depth in our territory in general create building collapses, which can result in deaths,"

said the agency's head, Fabrizio   Curcio.

Rescuers worked after daybreak to try to reach those trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings.

"We need chain saws, shears to cut iron bars, and jacks to remove beams: everything, we need everything," civil protection worker Andrea Gentili told the  Associated Press.

"We are only hoping there will be the least number of victims possible and that we all have the courage to move on," D'Amelio said.

Recent Earthquakes in Italy

July 2001 – 5.2 quake shakes the northern Italy's Alto Adige, killing one woman.

October 2002 – 5.9 quake in Campobasso, kills 30 people, most of them children.

April 2009 – Powerful quake in Abruzzo kills more than 300 people.

May 2012 – 16 people killed and 350 injured in earthquake around Modena.

義大利官方已把週三(2016年8月24日)地震的死亡人數(death toll)提高到至少247人,受傷人數則超過360人。



義總理馬泰奧‧倫奇(Matteo Renzi)週三稍早時搭乘直升機到受地震影響的地區,與搜救志工們握手,並和基礎建設(infrastructure)部的部長及民事防護局(以下簡稱民防局)的局長討論地震的災情。



美國地質調查局(U.S. Geological Survey)認定這起規模6.2的地震震央在諾爾恰市(Norcia)東南方的10公里處。



阿馬特里切的鎮長賽吉歐‧皮洛契(Sergio Pirozzi)於國營的義大利廣播電視公司(RAI)表示:「阿馬特里切鎮的四分之三都被震毀了。  我們現在主要的目標是盡可能的 救出更多的人。瓦礫堆下還傳出聲音,我們一定要救出那些人。」


阿馬特里切的居民瑪麗亞‧吉亞尼(Maria Gianni)說:「天花板整個掉了下來,但沒有打到我。我及時抓了一個枕頭放在頭上,很幸運地沒被打到,只有腳受了傷。」



阿馬特里切的教區牧師(parish priest)薩彌諾‧達美里歐牧師(Rev. Savino D'Amelio)稱此為一場「極巨大的災難」。


鄰近的馬爾凱大區(Marche)在清晨3點36分感受到地震的搖晃。根據《美國之音》(VOA)記者傑米‧德特莫(Jamie Dettmer)的說法,地震在距離震央諾爾恰市 90分   鐘車程的蒙泰菲奧雷德拉索市(Montefiore dell'Aso)也持續約30秒鐘。

《美國之音》記者德特莫表示,地震的強度與持續時間(duration)讓入住木蘭花飯店(Hotel Magnolia)的房客受到不少驚嚇。

房客因害怕餘震而撤離了(evacuate) 飯店。木蘭花飯店位處通往亞得里亞海(Adriatic)的河谷高處(perch),俯視風景如畫般的(picturesque)河谷。

記者(德特莫)亦表示:「地震發生時,飯店內嘎吱作響(creak and groan),長時間的搖晃(jolt)考驗著建築物的強度,但還好建築物挺住了(hold up)強震只在砌石牆的表面上造成一個小裂痕。」。 




「在拉吉歐大區(Lazio)、馬爾凱大區和溫布利亞大區內靠近中央地區的省分內的居民們無不繃緊神經(on edge)」,記者 (德特莫) 說道,  「2009年發生的地震摧毀(wreck)了拉奎拉市(L'Aquila),造成309人喪生。很多人害怕這樣重大的災情(devastation)又再次發生。但至目前,地震影響最大的多是一些較小的鄉鎮。」


亡者大多住在阿庫莫利與阿馬特里切的村莊。另一個位於諾爾恰市東南方的村莊佩斯卡拉‧德‧特隆托(Pescara del Tronto)也在地震中夷為平地(level)


梵蒂岡(Vatican)方濟各教宗(Pope Francis)對受災的人民與城鎮表達沉痛的心情,並取消了部分公開接見(general audience)的活動來為災民祈禱。



歐盟主管危機處理的執委(commissioner)克里斯多斯‧斯蒂里亞尼迪斯(Christos Stylianides)則表示,歐盟的危機應變中心正與義大利的民防局聯繫,以進一步了解   義大利其他所需要的協助。

義大利的民防局表示,數百人在地震中受傷,另外還有許多人需要暫時的住所與安置(temporary housing)

民防局局長法布里歐‧庫爾齊奧(Fabrizio Curcio)表示:「這種地震規模的地震若發生在這個深度,一般來說就會使區域內的建築物倒塌,因而造成死亡。」


民防局人員安德烈‧詹提利 (Andrea Gentili) 向「美國聯合通訊社」(Associated Press) 表示:「我們需要電鋸(chain saw)大剪(shears)來切開鐵條,還要起重器(jack)移開樑柱(beam)我們需要所有的資源。」

(編按:「美國聯合通訊社」即日常新聞中常見的「美聯社」,其英文名稱 “Associated Press” 則常簡寫為 “AP”。)



2001年7月,規模5.2的地震撼動了義大利北部的上阿迪傑大區(Alto Adige),一名女性身亡。




Language Notes

death toll (n phr) 死亡人數

debris [dəˋbri] (n) 殘骸;破瓦殘礫


infrastructure (n) 基礎建設,公共建設(如鐵路、公路、下水道等)

epicenter (n) 震央

*本字可分為兩部份:前半部為字首 “epi-”,指「在……之上」,後半部為名詞 “center”「中央;中心點」,讀者不妨可用「在地震中央(震源)之上的一點」來幫助理解此字

rubble (n) 碎石;瓦礫堆

*本字與前述 “debris” 一樣,為「不可數名詞」

parish (n) 教區

aftershock (n) 餘震

perch (v) (使)位於高處(或…...的邊緣)

picturesque [͵pɪktʃəˋrɛsk] (a) 圖畫般的,美麗的

jolt (n) 搖動;顛簸

trawl (v) 搜尋;網羅


temblor [tɛmˋblɔr] (n) 地震(尤用於美式英文)

*注意本字重音在第二音節 -blor

tremor [ˋtrɛmɚ] (n) (地震的)顫動;微震,小地震


on edge (prep phr) 緊張不安

wreck (v) 破壞;損害


level (v) 將…...夷爲平地,徹底摧毀


condolence (n) 慰問;哀悼


daybreak (n) 拂曉;破曉;黎明

chain saw (n) 鏈鋸,電鋸


shears (n) 大剪刀

*「剪刀」恆用複數型,如此處的shears,以及 “scissors”「剪刀」、“clippers”「剪刀;理髮剪;指甲鉗;樹剪」

jack (n) 起重器,千斤頂

beam (n) (尤指支撐建築物或結構)樑,棟樑

*本字亦常用來指「光線;光束」,例如 “a beam of light”「一道光束」

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You need a car jack in order to change a tyre.

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