Calabria Mourns for L’Aquila Earthquake Victims

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.

5 Responses
  1. How nice that everyone cares about you so much. Nobody checked up on me, I hope that just means they all know exactly where I am in Italy, not that they don’t care!
    I am sure it does, Charlie. 🙂
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  2. When I saw that video on the news with that man being pulled out of the rubble, shaken and crying, it was heartwrenching. My thoughts and prayers are with all the people who are suffering and homeless after the earthquake, and especially with those who have lost loved ones.
    I am with you. It is hard to find the right words to even say …
    Ciaochowlinda’s last blog post..Earthquake in Abruzzo

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