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The Earthquake in L’Aquila Abruzzo

Where do I begin to tell the story of a tragedy I witnessed and survived with all my family … I don’t know.

All I can say is that I am alive and well and very grateful.

Yes I am grateful because our lives were spared last Sunday when at 3:32 AM the earthquake hit hard and killing nearly 300 and took our houses and part of our lives away.

I wanted to thank all those people who reached out to me from all over the world and offered support in this dark moment of our lives: It’s your words of encouragement and support that are giving me the strength to find a way forward and get on with life.

Words cannot express my gratitude – this event has changed my life forever, your support is a very important part of my future.

Just a word about how things went, because there is a lot of talk and inaccurate narration of facts I’d like to get straight:

  • A very limited number of new buildings fell due to poor quality constructions – had i not been like this the number of dead and injured would run into the thousands
  • Many lost their lives in small towns where houses built no less than 100 years ago
  • Most houses are severely damaged and will most likely be demolished – they were built more than 30 years ago
  • New buildings are still sanding and withstood the earthquake with no problem

Again thanks to all of you who have reached out to me.

That night I saved my computer as we fled – I’ll be working and online again some time next week … Happy Easter

15 Replies

  1. timo&rhonda

    We had the sensationalist fare served to us as well here in Australia. Thanks for setting the record straight.
    Happy Easter to you and your family.

  2. PolyPak

    I’m very glad to hear that you and your family are safe and doing well. My heart truly goes out to the families that were not so fortunate.

  3. Cali

    Hi Sante
    I’m sorry to hear that your family was caught up in the earth quake on Sunday, but at the same time very glad to hear the news that you, your wife and sons are all safe and well.

  4. Elaphotography

    Thank God you and you’re family were not harmed. Prayers to the people who did not make it.

  5. Hello Sante,
    Just wanted to say that I’m glad that you still have the opportunity to write this blog post. Believe it or not, there is a reason why you are still here; that goes for the rest of us too.

  6. I pray for you and your family. I´m so glad to hear that you are all well and thanks for shearing yuor story with us all. It makes one very grateful to be alive and reminds one to live life fully every day.

  7. IncreaseTraffic

    Ciao Sante io e un po di amici partiremo per L abbruzzo questo week end per volontariato e sostegno ,volevo chiederti se potevo lasciare degli annunci per chi volesse supportare questa nostra spedizione.
    Grazie

  8. IncreaseTraffic

    In piu’ ci saranno dei concerti nelle piazze per raccogliere fondi ,nei prossimi giorni quando sapro’ le date corrette le pubblichero’con info e link.
    Grazie

  9. Wade

    I’m really sorry to hear that. My prayers go out to you and yours.

  10. Ciao Sante questa è il gruppo al quale sto lavorando per aiutare la popolazione dell’ abruzzo: http://www.rockol.it/la_musica_per_l_abruzzo/index.php

    andro’ li sul campo con la musica .
    Grazie per lo spazio e spero vorrai partecipare anche simbolicamente .
    Ciao

  11. Den Nicholson

    Hi Sante,
    I watched with millions of others and was stunned by the tragic events in your town. I live in Spain where there are lots of poorly built houses. I’m pleased to see that you escaped with your family.

  12. This reminds me so much of 9/11. Just the unexpected severity of a single event that can touch so many lives.

  13. Hi Sante,
    I couldn’t imagine going through something like this. It’s a relief to hear you and your family are alright. Thoughts and prayers to you and everyone else who was a part of that disaster.

  14. Peter Andrew

    Its very sad, I am thankful to god that you and your family are safe. My heart truly goes out to the people those were not so fortunate.

  15. I watched the tragic moments and striked for few minutes. Thankful to god to save your and your family lives.