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Posted on Apr 6, 2009 | 2 comments

Teenagers hanging out on the Ponte Garibaldi around 1 am on Saturday night.

This photo has nothing to do with it, but obviously I must touch upon the earthquake that hit Italy around 3:30 am this past night. I woke up to the sound of the glass lamps in my house clinking together, but I was so out of it I thought someone was breaking into the house and banging around. Then things went silent and so I just went back to sleep. It wasn’t until this morning when I opened Twitter and saw concerned messages (thanks for caring!), that I understood what had happened. The historic center and southern part of Rome were hit more violently, but nothing was damaged as far as I know.

Unfortunately this is not the case in L’Aquila, where the earthquake was at its epicenter and major damage occurred. I can’t even tell you how many people I know who have friends and family in Abruzzo and my thoughts are will everyone. I’m taking the opportunity now to post some information on how to donate to the victims of the earthquake, forgive me that it’s in Italian, but I think you’ll be able to figure it out.

The first announcement has been going around on Facebook for several hours and calls for anyone who has a hotel or B&B in the area to offer rooms to victims who were left homeless. If you have somewhere that could supply lodging, please call 0854308309.

Modes of donation can be found on:

Terremoto in Abruzzo, solidarietà e aiuti

If you have other links, please post them in the comments section so we can let people know how they can help. Se hai altri link, mettili nei commenti cosi’ possiamo dare le gente la possibilità di aiutare con questa tragedia.


  1. Ciao Suali….yes the SMS donation is great. I actually did mine already, thanks for posting that as I didn’t know about it last night when I wrote this post.

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