Above: The Renaissance Torre dell’Orologio (Clock Tower) in the town of Finale Emilia, the epicenter of the 6.0 earthquake Sunday in Emilia-Romagna.
“Firefighters, surveyors, engineers and volunteers struggled through nearly continuous aftershocks on Monday,” wrote Elisabetta Provoledo in yesterday’s edition of The New York Times, “to catalog damage and deter looters one day after an earthquake killed 7 people and left more than 6,000 homeless in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy.”
“More than 120 aftershocks rocked the area in the hours following the magnitude-6.0 earthquake, which toppled factories, apartment buildings, and medieval and Renaissance monuments early Sunday.”
Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Finale Emilia and the region of Emilia-Romagna…
Of course, the news of the Emilia-Romagna quake brings to mind memories of the tragic 1976 earthquake in Friuli where 989 people were killed, 2,400 injured, and 157,000 were left homeless.
The audio in the video below comes from a young man who happened to be recording an LP record on cassette tape using a microphone when the earthquake occurred. Even after the needle jumped from the vinyl, the microphone continued to record the event.