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Italian university devastated by earthquake; rector appeals for help finding places for 27,000 students

April 7, 2009

The magnitude-6.3 quake that hit Italy early Monday morning is the deadliest to strike the country in decades, and the first major one to strike the country in almost seven years. The quake, centered about 70 miles northeast of Rome, struck at 3:32 a.m., followed by more than a dozen aftershocks.

Ferdinando di Orio, rector the University of L’Aquila, has appealed for help in finding places for the university’s 27,000 students after the campus was “practically destroyed” in the earthquake.

At least four students were killed when a dormitory collapsed.

The University of Miami, one of two American universities with study-abroad programs at the University of L’Aquila, plans to open its doors to more students from the Italian university for the 2009-2010 academic year. Meanwhile, Georgetown University officials said they did not yet know how the earthquake would affect its summer study-abroad program at L’Aquila.

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