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Faculty expert offers insight into the long rebuilding process ahead of Italy

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Photo of a building in Italy following an earthquake in recent years.

An expert in resilience and post-​​disaster recovery, Professor Daniel Aldrich offered some insight into the earth­quake in Italy and the long rebuilding process ahead.

On Wednesday morning, cen­tral Italy was rocked by a dev­as­tating 6.2 mag­ni­tude earth­quake that killed at least 250 people and injured more than 365 others.

Two small towns—Amatrice and Accumoli—were all but flat­tened by the quake, while tremors and after­shocks could be felt throughout the day and as far away as Rome and Flo­rence. The towns closest to the epi­center of the rel­a­tively shallow earth­quake were heavily pop­u­lated with centuries-old stone churches and other build­ings. Addi­tion­ally, the area is a pop­ular vaca­tion spot for Ital­ians looking to escape the frenzy of city life, par­tic­u­larly this month.

This com­bi­na­tion of fac­tors cre­ated some­thing of a per­fect storm of destruc­tion, said Daniel Aldrich, pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence, public policy, and urban affairs and co-director of the Master’s in Secu­rity and Resilience Studies pro­gram at North­eastern. An expert in resilience and post-disaster recovery, Aldrich offered some insight into the earth­quake in Italy and the long rebuilding process ahead.

Read the Q&A at news@Northeastern.

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