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Italy Warden Message

Issued by US Diplomatic Mission to Italy

Apr 06, 2009

Warden Message from US Diplomatic Mission to Italy regarding April 6, 2009 Earthquake in Central Italy

This Warden Message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to the earthquake in central Italy on April 6, 2009.

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake occurred in central Italy at 3:32 a.m. local time (1:32 a.m. GMT) on April 6, 2009. The epicenter of the earthquake was 60 miles northeast of Rome in the region of Abruzzo. Damage from the earthquake is concentrated around the city of L'Aquila, the capital of the Abruzzo region, as well as other small towns near L'Aquila in Abruzzo. According to media reports, the earthquake has disrupted electricity, phone service, and other utilities. Widespread damage to buildings is reported in and around L'Aquila. Italian civil protection authorities have requested that people avoid traveling to the L'Aquila area. Americans should strongly consider deferring any travel plans to the area affected by the earthquake. Americans traveling in Italy should also consider contacting family in the U.S. to let family members know they are unharmed. U.S. citizens traveling to or through Italy are encouraged to follow post-earthquake developments in the media.

All Americans in Italy are urged to register either online at https://travelregistration.state.gov or by phone or in person directly with the U.S. Embassy in Rome or the Consulates General in Milan, Florence, and Naples. Registering gives U.S. citizens access to updated information on travel and security within Italy and makes it easier for the Embassy to contact citizens in case of emergency.

U.S. Embassy Consular Section in Rome is located at Via Vittorio Veneto, 121. The telephone number is 06-4674-1. Our website is: www.italy.usembassy.gov

U.S. Consulates General in Italy are located in:

NAPLES: Piazza della Repubblica; telephone number: 081-583-8111

MILAN : Via Principe Amedeo, 2/10; telephone number: 02-290-351

FLORENCE : Lungarno A. Vespucci, 38; telephone number: 055-266-951

U.S. Consular Agents in Italy are located in :

GENOA: Via Dante, 2

PALERMO: Via Vaccarini, 1

VENICE: Marco Polo Airport, General Aviation Terminal, Viale Galileo Galilei, 30

As the Department continues to develop information on conditions affecting the well-being and safety of U.S. citizens overseas, it shares information through its Consular Information Program documents, available on the internet at http://travel.state.gov. In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  

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