ITALY: Death in the Mezzogiorno

A killer earthquake ravages a mournful land

The muffled cries continued through the night. "I am Giuseppe Martiello. My wife is down here too. We are trapped. Giuseppe Martiello . . . Giuseppe Martiello . . ." But no one came. By morning the voice was still.

The tragedy began with a single vicious convulsion that rocked Italy from the tip of the southern Mezzogiorno to the Alps. At first the destruction seemed manageable, but then, slowly, the awful magnitude of the catastrophe began to emerge. Scores of communities had been leveled across 10,000...

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