Wednesday, May 30, 2012

More Earthquakes

At 9.03 yesterday morning Italy was hit by yet another earthquake. It registered at 5.8 on the Richter scale, and the epicentre was near Modena in Emilia-Romagna, not far from the area that was affected by the earthquake on the 20th of May. The strongest aftershock was at 12.55pm, which was 5.3 on the Richter scale. So far at least 17 people have been confirmed dead, and 8,000 people have been made homeless; which add to the 6,000 who were evacuated following the previous earthquake.

No damage has been reported here in Milan, but working on the 7th floor we were scared. The first earthquake was the strongest I'd ever felt and I was left feeling very shaken all morning. But the worst thing was feeling such a strong earthquake and knowing that the epicentre would have been hit hard. At lunchtime I saw images of crumbled buildings on the news, people in the streets and in tents.

The country has come together to help the affected communities. Useful phone numbers and ways to help have been tweeted and retweeted on twitter, and also on Facebook people have been posting useful information. A number was activated yesterday afternoon to raise money for the areas hit, by sending a text to 44550 2 euro is donated to those in need.

Even though we're far enough away from the epicentre to be unharmed, we're still on edge. The aftershocks will continue for some time yet.

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