By the time America was waking up on Monday morning, I’d received countless emails and Facebook messages from concerned friends in the Americas …
“How far away are you?”
“Did you feel anything?”
“Are you and your friends ok?”
It never ceases to amaze me how old friends crawl from their hiding places when there is a tragedy, concern takes over and they are ready, in an instant, to lend a hand.
Two days ago, central Italy was hit with a 6.3 quake, leaving at least 150 dead, 1500 injured and up to 50,000 homeless. Parents lost children. Children lost parents. Friends lost friends.
On the news last night, a mother recalled meeting “an angel,” who rushed to save her small daughter, just as he was saving his own children. Men cried as they recounted the damage and others looked into the camera with faces of shock, despair and desperation. It is the worst earthquake Italy has experienced in 30 years and while many people say you can’t predict an earthquake, at least one scientist disagrees.
Here is a short English-language video of L’Aquila, Judith from Think on It! wrote a touching post recounting images from an Italian news special and Michelle at Bleeding Espresso posted ways we can help the victims and survivors.
So, to all of our friends and countrymen in and around L’Aquila, Abruzzo … Calabria is thinking of you and hoping for a peaceful-and speedy-recovery.