Toward the end of August, disaster struck when a 6.2 magnitude earthquake shook the central Italian towns of Amatrice, Accumoli and Arquata del Tronto. Although the Mediterranean Peninsula is no stranger to earthquakes, the last occurrence took place back in 2012 when a pair of tremors hit the northern region of Italy. One of equal magnitude struck a different portion of the central region prior to that in 2009. Both instances left copious amounts of damage in their wake, claiming the lives of well over 300 civilians combined.
The three quiet, mountainous provinces served as tourist getaways, becoming a place of refuge for those looking to escape the unbearable summer city heat.