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May 21, 1985 | From Reuters
L'AQUILA, Italy--Two sharp earthquakes shook an area northeast of Rome on Monday, the Italian police said. No injuries or serious damage was reported in the city of L'Aquila, capital of the Abruzzi region, 60 miles from Rome. Minor tremors hit the same area Sunday.
April 18, 1988 | Reuters
L'AQUILA, Italy--Thieves have stolen the remains of 13th-Century hermit Pope Celestine V from a church where they were kept in a glass-lidded coffin, Italian police said today. Nobody has claimed responsibility for the robbery, discovered by a nun.
May 24, 1985 | United Press International
An earthquake that registered 3.6 on the Richter scale spread panic in this Abruzzi mountain city northeast of Rome early Thursday, causing thousands of people to flee their homes and spend the remainder of the night in the open. But police said the new shock, the latest in a series in and around L'Aquila since Sunday, caused no casualties or damage to buildings.
April 13, 2009 | Associated Press
Earthquake survivors Sunday sought comfort amid the tragedy that leveled their cities and killed hundreds of people as they celebrated Easter Mass in makeshift chapels across central Italy. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who attended a Mass for rescue workers and volunteers in L'Aquila, declared the emergency phase over, but said it would be months before most people displaced by the magnitude 6.3 quake would know if they can go back to their homes.
April 10, 2009 | Associated Press
This earthquake-ravaged medieval city took a limping step toward normality Thursday as shopkeepers reopened for business and firefighters began entering buildings to collect essential items for the homeless. Three days after the quake the death toll had risen to 283, including 20 children and teens, police said. The magnitude 6.3 quake made the city's historic center uninhabitable and halted nearly all economic activity.
October 17, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Ondina Valla, 90, the 80-meter hurdle champion at the 1936 Summer Games and the first Italian woman to win an Olympic gold medal, died Monday in her hometown of L'Aquila, the Italian Olympic Committee said. No cause of death was given. Valla tied a world record when she ran the 80-meter hurdles -- no longer an Olympic event -- in 11.6 seconds in the semifinals at the Berlin Games.
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