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Copernicus put to work after Italian disaster

Emergency observation is under way at the Copernicus EU satellite service, following a second earthquake in central Italy this morning.

The European Commission made Copernicus monitoring services available immediately after the first earthquake, which happened in the early hours of 24 August. The satellites are being used to survey structural damages and monitor risks associated with flooding and landslides.

Following a second tremor this morning, the service is set to its collaboration with the Italian Civil Protection authority, which has asked for urgent damage information on the affected areas.

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