The earthquake that shattered the ancient Italian town of L’Aquila killed nearly 300 people and left more than 60,000 homeless when it struck on April 6. Even though it’s been nearly three months since the tragedy, spotlighting the continued plight of the survivors is still a major priority in Italy — and one of the key reasons that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi decided to move the upcoming G8 meeting to the city. It’s also why GE, as part of its healthymagination initiative, is donating some of its latest portable technology — the Venue 40 compact ultrasound system — to the people of L’Aquila.
There are approximately 160 tent towns around the city and nearby areas that are home to around 25,000 people, according to other news reports. Thousands more are said to be staying in rented rooms along the coast — with the government of Italy footing most of the bill.