Sunday, June 3, 2012

You Can Help in Emilia Romagna's Disaster Relief

Now I can testify that I have felt an earthquake. To be precise, it's actually been a few.

The earth continues to shift and shake in this part of Italy. We felt 3 big ones on Tuesday: 9.03 a.m. 5.9 on the Richter scale and 12:36 p.m. (5.3) and 12:57 p.m. (5.1). I was in an office on ground floor and things started moving, but it could have been worse. People are still scared. The experts expect more to come, we just don't know how many and how strong they will be.

On Thursday, an elementary school had a piece of ceiling fall while school was in session. It did not happen during an actual earthquake. No children were hurt.

This event happened just a couple of days after an expert had cleared all the schools in the area, stating that they were safe. Needless to say, the mayor was horrified and now classes have been cancelled for that school as well as all of the others in the comune.

In Padua, a piece of ceiling affresco fell in Basilica Sant'Antonio during one of the earthquakes.

Yet the real disaster area is about 100 km from here. If you want to help in the disaster relief for the areas most hit by these recent earthquakes, specifically in Emilia Romagna, you can make participate by:

send an SMS to the number 45500 to make a donation of Euro 2
 - or -
make a bank deposit to a bank such as:
Unicredit Banca
IBAN: IT - 42 - I - 02008 - 02450 - 000003010203
with the heading "Regione Emilia-Romagna"
 - or -

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