NEW EARTHQUAKE IN CENTRAL ITALY IS STONGEST IN 3 DECADES
We turned our clocks back last night in Italy. As I write, it is 11:40am, Rome time. We await Pope Francis’ Angelus.
I felt this tremor very strongly as my bed was really moving and shaking. I was in bed and looked at my clock – it was 7:41 am –the shaking was stronger and lasted longer than the quake I experienced in late August so I knew it had to be worse at the epiocenter than it was in August.
There are many visitors in Rome, especially Italians, as it is a long “bridge” holiday weekend. November 1, Feast of All Saints, is a holiday in Italy and many people have also taken Monday off (the ponte or bridge), thus creating a four-day holiday weekend.
I took these photos while watching Italian TV: some are blurry as this was TV and people are running. You will see some nuns and some of the Benedictine Monks of Norcia and, in one picture, they are wearing stoles in the event they have to impart the sacraments, especially anointing the sick. You will also see a group praying in front of the destroyed basilica of St. Benedict
It has just been reported on Italian TV that the buildings in Amatrice that had resisted the August 2016 quake have now been destroyed. The partially destroyed city hall tower has its clock still showing the time of that August quake – 3:41 am.
From TV reports –
– Epicenter of 6.5 quake was again in Umbria – occurred at 7:41 am
- – Basilica of St. Benedict destroyed in Norcia – dates from 1300s
- – Quake felt as far away as Austria
- – Is the strongest quake in Italy in more than 3 decades – was said to be 8 times stronger than the August quake in central Italy and lasted much longer
- – Subway closed in Rome
- – Elevator falls in Rome apartment building
- – St. Paul’s basilica in Rome closed as firemen examining structure
- – San Lorenzo basilica in Rome closed as firemen check minor
- – Hospital in Cascia (St. Rita) evacuated
- – Roman Forum, Colosseum, all being checked for possible damage
- – The Quirinale Place, home to Italy’s president (who is in Italy on a State visit), normally opens to visitors on Sundays but is closed today as engineers check it for structural damage.
- – Many roads into the quake-struck region have been closed due , as are gas lines, etc.to falling rocks from adjacent hills and mountains. Dams and other similar structures are being checked