Earthquake is hitting Italy right now

Last Update: October 30, 2016

Italy is shaking! And although the epicenter is in central Italy I was able to feel the earth shaking even here in the extremely North while I was sitting on the couch! It was 45 minutes ago… and it was a strange feeling… but it was very soft and nothing happened.

Watching the quake map it seems like it doesn’t stop, there are quakes every few minutes! http://www.3bmeteo.com/terremoti/italia

I hope everybody in Italy is fine! And also in the rest of the world...

Take care,

Gerlinde

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TheBuilder Premium
Hi dear. To keep you going, I've prepared a Dose of Encouragement specially for you and for all my other loved ones. Here it is: Hope you will appreciate it.
Have a nice day.
Best Regards
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Gerlinde Premium
Thanks for that! Seeing the positive things in others is a good point...
Cheers, Gerlinde
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Hope that you and your loved ones keep safe Gerlinde.
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Gerlinde Premium
Yes, thank you, Veronica! I hope that for everyone else here...
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bigrog44 Premium
My prayers go out to the people in Italy.
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Gerlinde Premium
Thanks, Roger...
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MPollock Premium
Hope everybody is safe, take care.
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Gerlinde Premium
Thank you, Mike!
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KrishnaW Premium
Praying everyone stays safe.
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Gerlinde Premium
Thanks, Krishna!
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Heidi56 Premium
Guys, watch https://www.youtube.com/user/dutchsinse and his updates for ALL over the WORLD! It is more on the way!
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Gerlinde Premium
Thanks for that!
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DennisD1 Premium
Praying for the safety of all affected.
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Gerlinde Premium
Yes, we do, too... thank you!
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Loes Premium
Fearful experience, because it's out of your control, you can not run or hide from it.
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Gerlinde Premium
That's it! We are only tiny humans on this big earth...
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Loes Premium
Yes, and earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding and bombs are making people very small
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PMbaluka Premium
I pray that the earthquake doesn't harm many people this time round
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Gerlinde Premium
Yes, me too!
Thank you...
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tastylife Premium
Feeling a earthquake is quite frightening, the stronger it is the more frightening it is. It makes you feel that your home is going to become your burial place.

I do know it, as I lived in central Italy for some years and I had the chance of experiencing a very bad one in 1982 or 1984, I can't recall exactly. It was above 8 on the Mercalli scale, which is almost 7 on the Richter scale I think. I was at home with my mom and the house started shaking and swaying horizontally then up and down, for 30 very long seconds.

Thank God the house was built to resist so we had only one crack, but guys, it was really bad. And one week later a 7 degree Mercalli followed, along with thousands of aftershocks. I found the noise very terrifying.

Cats and dogs feel it coming a few minutes earlier. They start behaving strangely, cats mewing as if they want to mate, and dogs trying to pull people away from buildings (I saw my dog doing it with my brother). Also, the gases released from the earth make the moon appear veiled with an eerie circular "fog". Creepy.

May God protect people from earthquakes all around the globe.
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Gerlinde Premium
Hi Alma!
Yes, 30 seconds can be very long, when the earth is shaking... I remember a few stronger earthquakes years ago in Italy, too! But still not that harmful because our houses are built in a very strong and massive way...

Strange, but my dog didn't notice it today! She was outside and behaving as usual... ok, it was very soft in my area...

Thanks for commenting, Alma!
Gerlinde
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tastylife Premium
I think animals react at the incoming earthquake near the epicentre. In that occasion, I was 4 km away from it. Plus, being a seismic area, all people living there know abou it.
Thank God you live very far :)
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WilliamBH Premium
Hope are ok there .. it is on Australian ABC news. Cheers, William
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Gerlinde Premium
Aha, interesting!
We are fine here, but I'm not sure about the rest of the country...
Thank you, William!
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Toshmack Premium
Oh dear, I do hope it stops and all will be back to normal.
Many thank, Tosh :)
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Gerlinde Premium
Yes, I hope so, too... it's been for weeks now (with a few brakes)...
Thanks for your comment!
Gerlinde
:)
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