BMW Italia S.p.A. will aid victims of the earthquake in Emilia by contributing the sum of 100,000 Euro towards the education of orphans of victims, to support them during their studies for a period of five years.
The donation will be distributed exclusively for the stated purpose for the next five years under the control of the Italian Red Cross Voluntary Nursing.
The first quake on 20 May killed seven people and left thousands homeless with the 6.0 magnitude tremor causing significant damage to the region’s cultural heritage, destroying churches and historic buildings.
After the second quake, the number of people made homeless has now gone up from 6,000 to 14,000, the Italian government says.
According to Giulio Selvaggi, the director of Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology, the two quakes originated from two entirely different faults deep below the surface. But he said they were caused by the same phenomenon.
“It is down to the pressure caused as the Apennine mountains push slowly north under the Po valley,” he explained.
“The whole area has been shaking for a year, with shocks above 4.5, and we just cannot say if we have reached the climax yet.”
Last month the Chrysler Foundation said it will donate $100,000 to the National Italian American Foundation to support the Emilia-Romagna Earthquake Relief Fund.
Nissan also donated €100,000 to the Italian Red Cross.