Italy earthquake: investigation launched as nation mourns
A school and church tower that collapsed last week were rebuilt, supposedly to high anti-seismic standards, following the L’Aquila disaster in 2009
Italian magistrates are to investigate whether companies ignored anti-seismic regulations when restoring public buildings, such as a school in Amatrice that was reduced to rubble in last week’s earthquake.
“Everyone suspects such a tragedy was not just a question of destiny,” said Giuseppe Saieva, chief prosecutor in the provincial capital of Rieti, north of Rome, who is heading the investigation. “Our duty is to verify if there was also responsibility, human culpability.”