October 2016 Italy Earthquakes
On October 26, 2016, the Humanity Road Disaster Response Team activated its digital disaster desk to monitor social media following impacts to Central Italy caused by magnitude 5.5 and 6.1 earthquakes. Several days later, on October 30, 2016, the region was impacted once again by a magnitude 6.6 earthquake. Although no fatalities occurred in the most recent quake, an estimated 15,000 individuals have been displaced Source. The Civil Protection Agency has been assisting those who have been displaced. Roughly 10,000 people are in temporary shelters (tents and converted sports halls) in Umbria and Marche, 4,000 are in hotels along the Adriatic coast, and many individuals are also staying with family and friends Source and Source 2. Those who have been displaced and have cats and dogs were welcomed in a facility in Piano d’Accio, Teramo Source & Source2.
Map of Impacted Area: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us20007guy#map
Humanity Road Disaster Response Team
The HR Italy Twitter Account (@HR_Italian) was activated once again to amplify official information in Italian. Messages included general situation updates, information about relief efforts, and urgent needs. The account was also leveraged following the magnitude 6.2 earthquake that struck Central Italy on August 24, 2016 that resulted in over 290 fatalities in the regions of Umbria, Lazio and Marche Source. @HR_Italian has since received positive feedback from many individuals and associations (see Twitter Accounts of Interest below). Big thanks to our Italy Response team!
Twitter Accounts of Interest: