Valerie and I were both awakened by the shaking from the earthquake on Monday morning and as I write this here in Rome we are feeling the house we are in sway as the aftershocks continue. On Monday, as the day progressed the news stories and pictures coming from the area in and around L’Aquila were heart sickening as we had visited that beautiful city almost one year ago and found the people to be friendly and welcoming.
I worked in California after the Northridge earthquake and saw first hand the devastation that can be done to modern civilization but we feel a much stronger connection to what has happened in L’Aquila as we can visualize the areas that have been hardest hit. Valerie has compiled a list of organizations that are providing assistance to the people of Abruzzo and you may want to do what you can, whether from Italy of far away.
For those interested in more information on the technical aspects of this and other earthquakes in Italy, there are many here daily on a much smaller scale, you can visit the Instituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia site.