Monday, April 6, 2009

Earthquake

Bad stuff in Abruzzo this morning. The early reports are that the death toll is about 150, and that the city of L'Aquila will be "uninhabitable for some time." A friend's sister reports that the quake was felt "very strongly" in Rome, but that everyone there is fine. Further bulletins as events warrant.

UPDATE (April 7th): There was a major aftershock today, which apparently brought down the dome of the cathedral in Pescara. The death toll is up over 200.

UPDATE (April 9th): One of my Latin students, who is of Italian extraction, reports that all her relatives are fine (they weren't too close to the action, being south of Rome), although they did feel the 'quake, and the overhead lights were set to swinging. My thesis advisor also reports that all is well in her part of Tuscany, although she and her husband were woken up by the shaking.

5 comments:

Chorus said...

Awful, awful stuff...

Stealthy Dachshund said...

Let us know if there's anything needed

Chorus said...

Presuming you saw this this morning: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/08/berlusconis-earthquake-ga_n_184587.html

Chunklets said...

Yeah, that's Berlusconi for you!

Crimson Rambler said...

"we hate him"