Pescara del Tronto will never come back. The dot that represented it on the maps will be moved at least a few hundred meters: from the rocky cliff west of Arquata to the banks of the Tronto River, or perhaps even farther.
Forty-nine victims perished on the night of Aug. 24, 2016. The town became a mass of rubble in a few seconds. The stone borough is the first village officially erased by the earthquake.
The decision was communicated Thursday morning to Mayor Aleandro Petrucci and to the citizens of the NGO Pescara del Tronto 24-08-216 by Commissioner Vasco Errani and the National Research Council technicians: The hillside where the houses were perched is virtually nonexistent now and what has been suspected for months, is now officially a reality. The maps change and the famous reconstruction “as it was and where it was,” promised by former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, will never happen, because Pescara is destined to be only the first case of a long list: When the seismic microlocations are completed, many other villages will only doomed for demolition and relocation to a safer area.