Italy Questions Safety Standards After Deadly Quake
It’s too little, too late. Though Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has pledged $56 million to earthquake relief efforts following this week’s 6.2-magnitude temblor, which killed 267 people, many wonder why the region was so unprepared. Central Italy’s known to be highly seismically active, but less than 20 percent of its buildings comply with earthquake safety standards, according to one expert. Renzi says he’ll make emergency preparedness a priority — and that earthquake-proofing medieval towns isn’t easy — but that’s cold comfort for villages that may never recover.