On April 6, 2009 an earthquake of 6.3 magnitude struck central Italy with its epicentre near L’Aquila. The earthquake killed over 300 people and caused damage to between 3,000 and 11,000 buildings in the medieval city of L’Aquila.

ANCBS statement on earthquake Abruzzo
8 April 2009

On behalf of the Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield (ANCBS) I would like to express our deepest sympathy for the victims of the recent earthquake in the Abruzzo region of Italy. We are also saddened and concerned by reports of heavy damage to the important cultural heritage in the affected area.

ANCBS has teams assembled to assist the Cologne Archives and, when rescue and humanitarian needs have been properly  attended to in Abruzzo, the ANCBS pledges to assemble all the resources available to assist our colleagues there with the difficult task of salvage and conservation for damaged and at risk cultural heritage.