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April 6th 2009 the Abruzzo regional capital L'aquila was struck by a devastating quake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale. 309 people died, and local infrastrucure was in ruin. The European Union (EU) donated 494 million euros to the reconstruction, but five years on there is not much progress and a lot of the EU funds have simply disappeared in the process. Local officials are being investigated for corruption and ties to italian organized crime.