On August 23, 2016, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Amatrice in central Italy. NASA, along with its domestic and international partners, contributed observations and expertise to the ongoing response. The magnitude of the earthquake has resulted in widespread building damage to several towns throughout the region. This earthquake was the strongest in that area since the 2009 earthquake that destroyed the city of L'Aquila.
Scientists with the Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) project, a collaboration between NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, and the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, were an integral part of NASA’s support to the earthquake response.