Nenagh family safe after devastating earthquake in Italy leaves at least 39 dead

Earthquake

Nenagh family safe after devastating earthquake in Italy leaves at least 39 dead

A Nenagh family is safe and well following the devastating earthquake that struck central Italy this Wednesday, leaving an estimated 39 people dead.

Frances Doherty, Gortlandroe, is staying about 90kms away from the epicentre but told the Tipperary Star that her house shook when the quake struck at around 3.35am (1.35am Irish-time).

She is on holidays in the area with her daughter and her two grandchildren.

Frances said they had to sleep in their car for about four hours until it was safe to go back to their house.

“We are all safe and well, but I am still a bit shook. I woke and heard all the local dogs going wild. I thought it was wolves at the lake. The beds started shaking and the ground was moving. Our legs turned to jelly There was a second tremor. We didn't know how far away it was. After the third tremor we went to our elderly neighbour's house. They were terrified,” she said.

The magnitude 6.1 quake hit Amatrice and Accumoli near Rieti, some 80 miles (100km) north-east of Rome, though the quake was felt beyond the Lazio region into Umbria and Le Marche on the Adriatic coast.

The centre of Amatrice was devastated, with entire palazzos razed to the ground. Dazed residents huddled in squares as dozens of aftershocks continued into the early hours, some as strong as 5.1.

In 2009, nearby L'Aquila was hit by an earthquake in which over 300 people died.

For more on this story, see next week's Tipperary Star