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This Happened

This Happened — August 24: Central Italy Earthquake

An earthquake of 6.2 magnitude hit Italy on this day in 2016.

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Where did the earthquake strike in Italy?

The earthquake struck central Italy — in particular the regions of Lazio, Marche, Umbria, and Abruzzo. The epicenter was near the town of Accumoli in the province of Rieti. The earthquake caused significant damage to several towns and villages in the area. Many buildings, including historical structures, collapsed or were severely damaged. The earthquake resulted in the killing of 299 people, injuries, displacement of residents, and significant economic and infrastructural damage.

How did the Italian government respond to the earthquake?

The Italian government declared a state of emergency in the affected regions and mobilized resources for rescue, recovery, and reconstruction efforts. Financial assistance and aid were provided to affected individuals and communities. The government also established a task force to coordinate the response and address the long-term recovery needs.

How did the earthquake impact Italy's infrastructure and building regulations?

The earthquake prompted discussions and evaluations of Italy's infrastructure and building regulations. The disaster highlighted vulnerabilities and shortcomings in certain structures, leading to a renewed focus on seismic safety measures and the need for stricter building codes in earthquake-prone areas.

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Is Disney's "Wish" Spreading A Subtle Anti-Christian Message To Kids?

Disney's new movie "Wish" is being touted as a new children's blockbuster to celebrate the company's 100th anniversary. But some Christians may see the portrayal of the villain as God-like and turning wishes into prayers as the ultimate denial of the true message of Christmas.

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For the Christmas holiday season?

Joseph Holmes

Christians have always had a love-hate relationship with Disney since I can remember. Growing up in the Christian culture of the 1990s and early 2000s, all the Christian parents I knew loved watching Disney movies with their kids – but have always had an uncomfortable relationship with some of its messages. It was due to the constant Disney tropes of “follow your heart philosophy” and “junior knows best” disdain for authority figures like parents that angered so many. Even so, most Christians felt the benefits had outweighed the costs.

That all seems to have changed as of late, with Disney being hit more and more by claims from conservatives (including Christian conservatives) that Disney is pushing more and more radical progressive social agendas, This has coincided with a steep drop at the box office for Disney.

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