THE REGION. Abruzzo, the mountainous coastal region of Italy rocked Monday by the earthquake, is home to 1.3 million people and was home to many who immigrated to New York City after World War II.
NY CONNECTION. The Italian American Museum in Manhattan estimated 5,000 people with connections to the Abruzzo region live in New York City, about 2,000 of them in Astoria. There is no reliable count of Long Islanders linked to the region.
THE EPICENTER. L'Aquila, the region's political capital city and epicenter of the earthquake, dates to the 13th century and retains medieval walls originally built to protect the city.
QUAKE-PRONE. Region's earthquakes date back to 1349, though it had been spared from a major tremor since 1706, when L'Aquila was destroyed in a quake.
NEW YORKERS OF
676,042 in New York City
313,475 in Nassau 437,942 in Suffolk