Earthquake in Italy: an update

It has been just under a week since a deadly 6.2 earthquake struck central Italy, in a region about 100 miles northeast of Rome. Suffering the worst damage are the towns of Amatrice, Accumoli, Pescara del Tronto and Arquata del Tronto.

The death toll is now at 291, with hundreds more injured and thousands displaced from their homes.

In the midst of the rubble, citizens of this area work to mourn, recover, and heal.

The community in Amatrice are worried that a bell tower built in the 1400s will be demolished.

“The town is no more,” said Amatrice mayor Sergio Pirozzi, the morning of the earthquake. The church of Sant’Agostino built in 1428, sustained heavy damage but incredibly, the campanile (bell tower) remains standing. Image credit: on photo via CNN

Tent camp for displaced residents in Arquata del Tronto. Image Credit: Cristiano Chiodi/EPA via The Guardian

Hundreds attended the state funeral and Catholic service to lay their loved ones to rest.

Scene from a state funeral on Saturday, August 27, as Italy begins the painful task of saying goodbye. Image credit on photo via CNN

Bittersweet beauty: the touching story of a couple who went forward with their wedding plans in Acquasanta Terme, a town near the earthquake’s epicenter. Read more here.

How you can help

amatriciana for amatrice foodiamo

This past weekend should have been the 50th Spaghetti all’Amatriciana festival, an annual event celebrating the famous pasta dish hailing from Amatrice. Instead, the signature pasta is now helping to aid in relief efforts, thanks to food blogger Paolo Campana who launched the #AMAtriciana campaign and partnered with restaurants across Italy. €1 from every plate of pasta all’amatriciana will be donated to the Red Cross. In  New York and Los Angeles, similar efforts are underway. Foodiamo has a comprehensive list of participating restaurants on the West Coast.

If you’d like to make the pasta in your own kitchen, Cristina at Un po’ di pepe explains how.

To donate funds, food, supplies or bloodThe Florentine has a very good list of ways to do so.

Prayers to Italy, on the hearts and minds of people mondiale (worldwide).







5 Comments Add yours

  1. I love the thought of the wedding happening anyway. I am sure it brought joy, however short, for everyone who witnessed it in a time where they certainly need it. Thank you for the wonderful post.

  2. I’m get emotional every time I see the bell tower of Sant’Agostino-stopped at 3:36☹️ Nice post Stacy! Ciao, Cristina

    1. That’s heartbreaking. 😦

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