On the Genealogy Blog, Leland Meitzler reports on the damage to the Archivo di Stato (archives), National Museum of Abruzzo and other buildings.
The extent of historical records loss isnt yet known. The Family History Library has some microfilmed civil registration records from the L’Aquila archives.
LAquila, founded around 1240 AD, is about 70 miles from Rome in mountainous central Italy. It’s the capital city of the Province of L’Aquila and of the Abruzzo region.