• Monty Alexander

Earthquake rocks Ischia, Italy

An earthquake of at least a 4.0 magnitude struck mid-evening on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Ischia, a popular Italian tourist island with a population of around 50,000. According to CNN, 42 people were injured and more than 2,000 are left without shelter.

Three brothers were rescued from the rubble, one being a seven-month-old baby, and two other brothers, ages eight and 11. According to BBC, they were stuck under rubble from the earthquake for 16 hours. The baby was the first one to be rescued, the eight year old was the second to be rescued, and the 11 year old was the last one to be rescued of the three brothers. According to BBC, two civilian casualties have been found: an elderly woman and another woman found under debris of another building. Italian media has reported that thousands of tourists have already left the island.

The oldest brother, Ciro, age 11, thought quickly when the earthquake began. He pushed his eight-year-old brother, Mattias, under his bed, which saved his life. The seven-month-old baby, Pasquale, was in a playpen during the event. He was the first brother saved, at around a.m..

The buildings were “seismically outdated old buildings and illegal new construction with shoddy materials,” according to ABC, an Australian news service. One woman was killed by falling debris from an old church which had suffered damage from an earthquake in the past. That earthquake had more than 2,000 casualties. After the family reunited, the boys’ grandmother said, “I don't know how to define it if not a miracle.”