Italy Earthquake: Chrysler Foundation donates $100,000 to Emilia-Romagna Earthquake Relief Fund image

The Chrysler Foundation will donate $100,000 to the National Italian American Foundation to support the Emilia-Romagna Earthquake Relief Fund.

The number of people killed in two earthquakes that struck northern Italy in May rose to 25 on Tuesday, as aftershocks continued to spread fear among residents in the area.
A 6.0 magnitude earthquake on May 20 was followed by a similar-size quake nine days later, destroying businesses and making thousands homeless.

The government has set aside 2.5 billion euros for reconstruction, including measures to help companies to relocate temporarily to restart production.

Four fifths of Cavezzo’s buildings were reported to be damaged or inaccessible. Tents were set up at the town’s sports complex and cots laid out on the tennis courts. Frightened residents sat or stood outside their homes, unsure of their next step.

The quakes, which employers’ lobby Confindustria estimates caused more than 4 billion euros in damage to the economy, came at a time when Italy’s consumer confidence fell to its lowest in more than 15 years and austerity measures have helped push the country into its fourth recession since 2001.