- Title: Tourists flee earthquake struck island of Ischia
- Date: 22nd August 2017
- Summary: NAPLES, ITALY (AUGUST 22, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF FERRY ARRIVING IN PORT OF NAPLES HARBOUR WORKER CATCHING ROPE FROM FERRY PEOPLE ON DECK OF FERRY VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING OFF FERRY (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) CARMELO ESPOSITO SAYING: "For us it was terrible because we were in Forio and so felt the earthquake very strongly. The table and chairs all shook, there was a blackout, the children were scared. It lasted 10 seconds but it was tremendous. We were awake all night and now we have come home. That's all. (Reporter asks if they returned early). Yes, early because we were really afraid. The situation there is that everyone is leaving, more than 1,000 have already boarded ferries so Ischia is emptying. Casamicciola has collapsed, there's nothing left. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) CARMELA CAGGIANO SAYING: "We were right in the centre of Casamicciola, where my daughter has a house, I arrived yesterday evening. At a certain point, we were in front of the house and everything started to move, it was frightening and the childrenâ€¦ it was terrible, it was terrible, we've come back now. (Reporter asks if they cut short their holiday). I arrived yesterday evening, I came back this morning. (Daughter adds 'Just one day'.) It was the feeling of fear when there's an earthquake. I already experienced one in Irpina in 1980 and to re-live that yesterday evening was terrible." (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) ROSARIA CAPEZZUOLO SAYING: "I was at home and everything shook. We spent the whole night in the street. We didn't have bottles of milk for the children, all the cafes were shut. The taxi drivers instead of helping us asked for more money. And that's the hospitality we received from Ischia." (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) UNIDENTIFIED ITALIAN SAYING: "Yesterday evening? We were afraid, really afraid." PEOPLE AND CARS COMING OFF FERRY WOMAN WITH BABY ON QUAYSIDE WATCHING FERRY VARIOUS OF CARS AND PEOPLE COMING OFF FERRY PEOPLE WAITING WITH LUGGAGE/WOMAN PUSHING PRAM CARS EXITING FERRY AND DRIVING ALONG QUAYSIDE
- Embargoed: 5th September 2017 16:37
- Keywords: earthquake tourists ferries
- Location: NAPLES, ITALY
- City: NAPLES, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Earthquakes/Volcanoes/Tsunami
- Reuters ID: LVA0016V8M4HZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Many tourists cut short their holidays on the island of Ischia on Tuesday (August 22) after an earthquake struck on Monday night (August 21) killing at least two people, collapsing buildings and injuring dozens.
The island has a year-round population of about 63,000, which swells to more than 200,000 in summer, with many people from the mainland owning holiday homes.
Three extra ferries were provided during the night for about 1,000 residents and tourists who wanted to leave. As daylight broke, dozens of people went to the island's four ports, having decided to end their vacations early.
Many who were due to take ferries from Naples on the mainland to start their vacations cancelled their plans, local officials said.
A bright spot amidst the tragedy was the successful effort by emergency crews to free three brothers trapped alive under the rubble.
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