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Italian earthquake 2009

A strong earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale hit central Italy on 6 April 2009. Some 290 people have been killed, around 1,000 injured and 48,000 made homeless.

Several strong aftershocks hit the region in the following week. Italian Red Cross provided emergency and ongoing support including distribution of food and non-food items, psychological support and replenishing emergency supplies, with the assistance of the International Red Cross Movement, including donations from Australians.

Ongoing care

More than 22,000 people affected are being cared for by 800 Italian Red Cross staff and volunteers, providing hot meals and warm blankets in the tent camps, as well as psychosocial support to children and medical care over the first six months.

Red Cross promotes an early recovery approach, which recognises the importance of early planning from the very first days, taking the necessary measures to reduce the dependency of people on external support.

Over two years, 7,000 people will be supported according to their needs in transitional shelter, food and non-food items, community organisation, psychosocial support, and social and professional training.

Italian Earthquake Appeal 2009

This appeal has now closed.

Donations made to the Italian Earthquake Appeal 2009 will be used to support the Italian Red Cross's National Appeal to assist up to 15,000 earthquake affected people with:

  • Emergency assistance through provision of food, blankets and initial temporary shelter.
  • Emergency first aid and medical care, including psychosocial support.
  • Specialist aid workers to assist the Red Cross response, if required.


Note: Australian Red Cross will not deduct more than 10% of any donation for an International Appeal to cover appeal costs. Should the funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and longer-term needs of the people in the affected areas, Australian Red Cross will direct the excess funds to other emergency preparedness and response initiatives in the Asia.