Emilia Romagna Quake(s)

May 29, 2012 / Local Interest
Finale Emilia, Emilia Romagna
With great regret we inform you that yet another earthquake has hit the Emilia-Romagna region early this morning. The epicenter was Finale Emilia, a small town near Modena, yet it was felt throughout all of northern Italy. Today’s quake was particularly strong, measuring a 5.9 on the Richter Scale, and it comes on the heels of a series of earthquakes that have been wracking the area since May 19th.

This string of earthquakes have created considerable damage, and ground many businesses in the southern Po River Valley to a halt. As of the 21st, 5000 people have had to evacuate their homes so far, and unfortunately 7 have lost their lives. Today’s strong quake created another 2000 homeless, as of current figures. It also brought down a number of buildings that had already suffered damage from the previous quakes.

The Protezione Civile and volunteer networks have already been on site for the past 10 days, coordinating assistance. We will keep you posted on the developments and contact info for earthquake relief initiatives.

Images courtesy of Il Fatto Quotidiano, (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

25 Responses to “Emilia Romagna Quake(s)”

  1. Barbara Goldfield

    There are no words…

    Donations for the population can be sent to the account at Banca Intesa S. Paolo which has been set up by Corriere della Sera and La7 TV:

    IT 73 L 0 3 0 6 9 0 5 0 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 7 1

    Indicate:”Un aiuto subito. Terremoto in Emilia”.

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  2. Giuseppe Spano
    Giuseppe Spano

    and I fear the worst it yet to come.Pregate per il popolo

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    • Rita Mantone

      Si, pregate per il popolo! God, have mercy on those who have died!

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  3. Monica Pileggi

    I heard this on the news this morning. Very sorry to hear of the loss of lives.

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  4. miriam favretto - greco

    gente bella lontana siete nel nostro pensiero e cuore con le preghiere che la Madonna vi protegga tutti, la Santa Benedizione per tutti, siamo con voi con i pensieri e sentimenti per tutti .

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  5. Penny Ewles-Bergeron
    Penny Ewles-Bergeron

    Just overwhelming. So sorry.
    See Barbara’s comment above if you are able to donate.

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  6. Stef

    I felt it here this morning in southern Lombardy, a series of shakes lasting a few seconds. There has been a second strong aftershock at 12:55.

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  7. Irene D.

    My heart goes out to all affected by these recent quakes.

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  8. This is heartbreaking. My prayers go out to all my friends and to everyone in the Po Valley, one of the most beautiful in all of Italia.

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  9. Kim Gardi Abelman

    L’italia, con il tuo bellissimo popolo, sei nelle nostro preghiere!

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  10. Anne Robichaud

    We in Assisi are all remembering the earthquake of 1997 / when we THOUGHT that the 2 42 a.m. approx quake was “it.” The one the next a.m. at 11 42, an after-shock- was stronger and the one which caused the collapse of 2 vaults of the Upper Basilica di San Francesco.

    RAI News had mentioned just after the earthquake that Emilia-Romagna residents were hopepful that the earthquake there would not be followed by more powerful aftershocks as had happened in 1997 in Umbria.

    Alas. It has happened again

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  11. Evanne

    As the people of our village tell us when we ask them if they are all right, they reply: “Sempre avanti!” (Always forward). Italians are a brave bunch. All is well here, about an hour north of Rome, but we hope you’ll heed Barbara Goldfield’s comments above if you want to help.

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  12. Rosemarie Lusco Jamison

    I am very sorry forn all of the losses to so many. You are all remembered in prayer.

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  13. Laura

    Dear friends in Italy, our hearts ache for you when we saw & heard the news of another quake. Stay strong, pull together & never give up faith & hope with all this tragedy.

    Love & Prayers are being sent across the ocean to you.

    Laura & Joe Lyon
    American friends in
    Fredericksburg, Virginia USA

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  14. Our thoughts go out to everyone there. Very sorry for all that loss. It’s also a frightening experience.

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  15. All my thoughts & prayers for the beautiful people in Italy. Take comfort in knowing that we are all praying for you. Stay strong. I have family in the south but also in Torino. Was the earthquake felt in Torino?

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  16. Jean Mancini

    My prayers are with you all! My family live in Rome, It is just so sad to see all this history being destroyed, God protect you and bless you.

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  17. Pate Cardel

    Thank you for keeping us updated on the horrible situation It is difficult to get any information from the newspapers here.

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  18. Anne Robichaud

    latest: 14,000 now homeless.
    Che tragedia / in this moment of “crisi economica” for so many
    Not only houses have collapsed but countless factories, ie, leaving so many not just homeless but jobless

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  19. Diana

    These are people just like us. They had no idea that they were in an earthquake zone, and of course this second one is even more terrible. I believe that the last earthquakes in that area were in the 15th century. We are all grieving for them.

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  20. To our dear friends and family please know we are praying and wishing you all the best.
    My mothers homeland is Italy and we have made many new extended family members
    That our hearts are hurting but we know with yours and gods strength you will prevail
    Much love.Trish& Doug

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