ANSA) – Ischia, August 25 – Italian prosecutors on Friday impounded a church on the quake-hit island of Ischia where a falling cornice stone killed considered one of the 2 women victims of the tremor, judicial sources said.
The prosecutors are also set to accumulate documents on amnesty applications in Casamicciola, the village where the women died and which saw probably the most damage, to see if there’s a link between building irregularities and the collapses.
In the event that they find anything, Naples prosecutors will open a probe into culpable disaster and multiple culpable manslaughter, the sources said.
Three boys were rescued after two women were killed and 42 people injured, one seriously, in a 4.0 magnitude earthquake on the popular Bay of Naples island on the night of August 21.
Some 2,600 people were left homeless by the tremor.
Geologists said the damage was excessive for such a moderate quake but local mayors disagreed, saying they weren’t a community of illegal builders.
The primary victim was named as Lina Cutaneo nee’ Balestrieri, 59, from Barano d’Ischia but resident in Ischia, mother of six, and sister of Ischia town councillor Pasquale.
She was crushed by the cornice stone of a church at Casamicciola that fell on top of her as she was about to enter the building.
The second victim, buried in the ruins of a nearby house, was Marilena Romanini, 65, born in Brescia but resident at Monte San Giusto near the Marche city of Macerata.
Romanini was on holiday on Ischia.
Rescuers found 11-year-old Ciro Marmolo, within the ruins of a house that collapsed at Casamicciola after his two brothers aged three, Mattias, and seven months were pulled out alive.
Ciro saved Mattias by pulling him under a bed with him after the quake, police said.