Update: Italy Earthquake, Still No Cruise Impact

April 7, 2009
Yesterday's deadly earthquake, which rocked the Italian city of L'Aquila, some 70 miles (110 kilometers) northeast of Rome, is still not impacting cruise travel to the region. Costa Concordia docked at Civitavecchia, the port for Rome, as scheduled today; the line has reported no changes to its shore excursions lineup.

Though the quake and the 4.9-magnitude aftershock were felt in Rome, according to various media outlets, damage there was minimal. As we reported yesterday, the quake caused minor cracks at 3rd-century baths in the capital city. L'Aquila, however, is uninhabitable at this time, according to the BBC; between 3,000 and 10,000 buildings are thought to have been devastated. The 6.30-magnitude earthquake is reportedly responsible for the death of more than 200 people; 100 are critically injured.

Our thoughts are with those affected by the earthquake. We'll report on updates as the situation warrants.

--by Melissa Baldwin Paloti, Managing Editor, with reporting by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor