- The Washington Times - Monday, April 6, 2009

The following is a list of some of the most deadly quakes in Italy’s recent history.

_ Oct. 31, 2002. A 5.4-magnitude quake strikes the south-central Molise region, killing 28 people, including 27 children who die when their school collapses.

_ Sept. 26, 1997. A magnitude 5.5 quake in the Umbria region kills 10 people and devastates medieval buildings and churches, including Assisi’s famed basilica.

_ Dec. 13, 1990. A 4.7-magnitude quake hits eastern Sicily, killing 17 people and damaging Baroque buildings in the region.

_ Nov. 23, 1980. A 6.9-magnitude quake strikes southern regions, leveling entire villages and causing some 3,000 deaths.

_ May 6, 1976. A 6.1-magnitude hits the northeastern region of Friuli, killing around 1,000 people.

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