4AM. Earthquake, magnitute 6.3. Messages, phone calls, chaos.
When you wake up at night and everything is shaking it scares the hell out of you. You realise you are in the middle of an earthquake and all the stories from 2009 seem so familiar to you. All the pictures from 2009 are now in the front line of your memories and refuse to move. Not even a bit.
When it then stops, you grab the lead, call the dog, run outside and can’t wait for the monitoring web page to refresh with current data. You look around, and happen to be outside at 4AM with thousands of other scared people and the traffic is crazier as at 5PM. Yes, then you know you have just survived an earthquake. And you know you will never forget this moment in your life. Ever.
Oh good, L’Aquila was 40km away this time.
Which doesn’t mean it wasn’t felt.
8 points that reminds you that you live in an active earthquake zone
I was reconsidering over and over again, whether to write this post about the life in an active earthquake zone, to which central Italy and Abruzzo region turned to in the last week. How to put this? There is so much to write about! Is it appropriate? What is the right way between a pesimistic post and an optimistic one that could sound disrespectful?
1. Internet is your best friend
And you refresh cnt.rm.ingv.it every 15 minutes. And if you are outside and your dog is in your flat, every 5 minutes. Just in case.
2. You sleep with a packed backpack next to your door
Water, blanket, bread rolls, passport & a jumper.
3. Imagination turned against you
Even if you are doing your best to stay positive with your head up straigh, you know it. You know what has happened and you don’t when it’s going to hit again. Everytime you hear the window move, you feel the floor shaking. Is it realy? None knows. Everyone’s the same confused.
4. You realise you hate media
You forget about all the crap media talks about and you concetrate on searching fold lines and figuring out how far is it from the one you are stood in.
5. You are an expert in positions of foltlines
and have a precise knowleadge about when was each of them active.
6. You are an expert of epicenters too
You know everything about where and how deep under the earth surface each earthquake was.
7. You know multiples of 32 by heart
and in your mind you have hugged your Math high school teacher like 1000 times for teaching you how 32 logarithms works [so you can calculate the speed of the wave].
8. You write posts like this, to take your mind of reality
and to explain all your friends and relatives, that this time, L’Aquila was unharmed. We are all very sorry for other towns, like Amatrice and especially Pescara del Tronto, which will probably now stay empty forever.
Pescara del Tronto in July 2016:
Pescara del Tronto now:
Amatrice in July 2016: