Heightened preparedness activity would have also been prudent, especially since there was a concentration of medieval buildings in L'Aquila
Professor Pierluigi Properzi, an architect and city planner, has warned that time to reconstruct l'Aquila
is running short: "if a city is not rebuilt within five years, it dies" he cautions.
The images of Barack Obama walking through the centre of L'Aquila
and Mr Brown visiting us today will go round the world and let everyone know it is not all over, we are not back to life as normal here.
The consensus was reached on Thursday by Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the US, Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa, Australia, Indonesia and South Korea in a meeting held on the sidelines of a Group of Eight summit in the city of L'Aquila
WARM GREETING: Prime Minister Gordon Brown meets Manmohan Singh, his counterpart from India, which is outside the G8 but one of the emerging economies at today's meeting in L'Aquila
It is of course right to focus on immediate human needs, but this approach leaves the danger that the long-term project of reconstructing L'Aquila
will fade from international consciousness.
If contemporary builders ignore these years of experience and common sense when working in a risky zone--merely because it has not had a murderous earthquake for a century or two--the result is a harvest of deaths, as has happened now in L'Aquila
Almost 300 people died when the quake hit the central Italian region of Abruzzo, devastating L'Aquila
, the region's capital, as well as surrounding villages and towns.
Premier Silvio Berlusconi, who attended a Mass for rescue workers and volunteers in the city of L'Aquila
, declared the emergency phase over, but said it would still be months before most people displaced by the quake will know if they can go back to their homes.
Italians joined in a collective outpouring of grief yesterday as victims of Italy's most devastating earthquake in a generation were remembered at an open-air funeral Mass in hard-hit L'Aquila
2 on the Richter scale, shook the medieval mountain city of L'Aquila
and nearby villages.
In all, seven students died in the dormitory in the devastated city of L'Aquila