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CLIP 6743

Rescue work following earthquake in Italy

Rescue work following earthquake in Italy
Key Info
  • Rescue work following earthquake in Italy
  • Duration: 01:55
  • Reporter Maddy Savage explores one of the most badly damaged districts in the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck L'Aquila, Italy, in April 2009. Observing the recovery of a survivor after 27 hours under the rubble, she explains emergency workers are going through bricks and wood with their bare hands searching for survivors, though there is little chance of finding many more people alive. We see the treacherous conditions recovery workers continue to work in as the area suffers a dramatic aftershock. Maddy speaks to some of the 17,000 survivors who are living in temporary shelters having been made homeless by the earthquake. This BBC Newsround clip is published as part of BBC News Online and was first broadcast on 7 April 2009. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
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  • Keywords: natural disaster, catastrophe, geology, destruction, emergency, tents, earthquake, survivor, homeless
Ideas for use in class
  • Pupils should use this clip to gain a real sense of the devastating impact of this natural disaster upon a community, gathering information and primary quotes for use in journalistic writing. Pupils should use other clips featuring earthquakes in combination with written reports for research purposes, preparing notes for use in a verbal TV and radio news broadcast. Pupils should ultimately develop journalistic writing to produce a newspaper report which reflects the event.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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