On Monday morning a earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck central Italy and was centered near the medieval town of L’Aquila. Many ancient buildings were destroyed, as well as modern ones, and over 250 people have been reported dead so far. The big earthquake on Monday has been followed by several only slightly smaller ones. Use the USGS Google Earth real-time earthquake monitoring tool to check the status of earthquakes world-wide. It is what I use any time I hear about an earthquake in the news.
Last night Google released post-earthquake satellite imagery (taken April 6th) of the region which emergency responders might be able to use to help in recovery efforts. You can view the high resolution imagery by loading this KML in Google Earth. Here is a KML file showing several of the sights of destruction as reported by the UK Telegraph. It’s hard to see the signs of destruction seen in the ground-based photos when viewed in the post-earthquake satellite photo.