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The L'Aquila earthquake

Early Monday morning, central Italy was struck by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. The 2009 L'Aquila earthquake caused serious damage to several medieval hill towns in the region, killing over 260 residents, injuring over 1,000 and leaving 28,000 homeless. Despite the dangers from aftershocks, the search for survivors continues, and will be maintained until Sunday, after which the daunting tasks of cleanup and reconstruction willl begin. (32 photos total)

Shattered roofs of collapsed houses are seen against the backdrop of snow-covered mountains after an earthquake in the Italian village of Onna April 6, 2009. (REUTERS/Chris Helgren)
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451 comments so far...
1.

The picture of the crying firefighter sums it up -- what a tragedy. I studied in Italy for 4 months and love everything about the beautiful country... my condolences to everyone effected.

Posted by MJLphoto April 8, 09 12:36 PM
2.

Wow... how moving... how sad...

Posted by Marie P. April 8, 09 12:42 PM
3.

wishing strength for those who survived!

Posted by Tanu April 8, 09 12:42 PM
4.

I am amazed to see how much rock and earth are used in their buildings. What a tragedy. My thoughts are with them.

Posted by Brett April 8, 09 12:43 PM
5.

So sad

Posted by andrew Macklin April 8, 09 12:46 PM
6.

#27......

Posted by Adam April 8, 09 12:51 PM
7.

I've started checking out some of the other large-format photo blogs that you have previously linked to. However, none of them can compare to incredibly consistent top-notch quality and emotions evoked (on a wide variety of subjects) of the photo sets you put together here on The Big Picture. Alan (and of course the photographers), my sincere compliments go to you.

Posted by Paul April 8, 09 12:53 PM
8.

#3 looks like a happy face. How unfitting!

Posted by Reed Braden April 8, 09 12:54 PM
9.

I was moved by 6, 14, 20 and 27...

Posted by Michael B. April 8, 09 12:55 PM
10.

@ Brett: here in Italy there's a huge amount of (very) old houses, certainly not compliant to nowadays anti-earthquake construction laws.
It's because of this that so many people have died.

Anyway, there's always who finds the way to strenghten from this kind of things.
Two days ago the main television news of the public TV spent 1 and a half minute listing the successes (in terms of number of people watching) of their coverage of the event, with detailed numbers and facts.
It's disgusting.

Posted by Lenny April 8, 09 12:55 PM
11.

Brett, thats what is meant by medieval towns. These towns are extremely old, dating back to the middle ages, and things were just built that way then. Sadly It isnt until recently that we've been able to build structures that can do better during disasters.

As for the pictures, Amazing!
#20 and 27 are my favorite, it catches it all!

Posted by Panda April 8, 09 12:56 PM
12.

"I am amazed to see how much rock and earth are used in their buildings. What a tragedy. My thoughts are with them. "


Yes me too. It must be because of the "antiquenes" (? don´t know how to say it) of their buildings.

Posted by Groogrux April 8, 09 12:57 PM
13.

Posted by Anonymous April 8, 09 12:59 PM
14.

Thanks for covering this tragedy.
There could have been much less casualties if only recent buildings would have been built seismic designed.
As you can see, they were not. It's very easy to see those buildings: they are among those which have not been destroyed (of course).
Here - http://zonesismiche.mi.ingv.it/mappa_ps_apr04/italia.html - you can see a map which displays the regions in Italy with a high seismic hazard. The region of Abruzzo is just one of those with higher risks (purple color).

I'm so sad.

Posted by Paolo April 8, 09 01:00 PM
15.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/apr/08/italy-earthquake-berlusconi

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." Albert Einstein

Posted by lluis April 8, 09 01:05 PM
16.

Having traveled and lived in the region, it is devastating to see the loss of historical buildings and human life. We at Day1 send our thoughts, prayers, and support.

As always, these images do an incredible job of capturing both the raw power of mother nature and the tragic emotional and physical human impact.

Posted by BMcD April 8, 09 01:05 PM
17.

I agree...the image of the Firefighter is absolutely heart-wrenching. I can not imagine the pain he is going through. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

Posted by Mike April 8, 09 01:10 PM
18.

Beautiful pictures of such a sad event. #27 breaks my heart

Posted by Bill M. April 8, 09 01:11 PM
19.

#3 - Those are load-bearing photos.

Posted by Pete K April 8, 09 01:14 PM
20.

All those people... I feel so sad...
I'm Italian, and I feel this tragedy as a black hole: all those lives will never come back.

Posted by Erica April 8, 09 01:16 PM
21.

Shocking! What a tragedy.

Posted by niels April 8, 09 01:17 PM
22.

My heart and prayers are for everybody , specially for the firefighter at #27.
May GOD bless you all.

Posted by RB April 8, 09 01:17 PM
23.

cool piccas.special thanks earthquakes all over the world :/

Posted by ilovequakeroats April 8, 09 01:20 PM
24.

@4
"I am amazed to see how much rock and earth are used in their buildings."

This comment actually took my breath.
How can a single person be that ignorant.
Houses are supposed to be built of stones and not wood or cardboard for that matter. See Kathrina pictures or any other incident that happend over at your place.

And this "earth" is called cement in the rest of the world.

Posted by Hanz April 8, 09 01:36 PM
25.

errata - #12 should be hidden per your normal.

Posted by Michael Nardozzi April 8, 09 01:46 PM
26.

27 and 30 are by far the most haunting.

Posted by Lizzie April 8, 09 01:49 PM
27.

@ lluis: I missed it, Berlusconi (and his friends) is the demonstration of that Einstein quote.
I really can't understand how more than half of the Italians could vote for him and think like him.
It's because of this I want to emigrate, I can't stand living with people like this.

Posted by Lenny April 8, 09 01:50 PM
28.

Grazie a tutti del pensiero.
Many thank to all...
P! (IT)

Posted by Anonymous April 8, 09 01:54 PM
29.

#24 brought me to tears.

Posted by Gregory Julian April 8, 09 01:59 PM
30.

A grim reminder that natural disasters can strike without warning. Such destruction and suffering. I wish the survivors all the strength they need to carry on and applaud the rescue workers.

Posted by Kort April 8, 09 02:03 PM
31.

The pictures are heart-wrenching. My thoughts and prayers go out to the residents of L'Aquila. It is an amazement to me as to how fast the response was from the volunteers and with the setting up of the tents and shelters. Kudos go out to these volunteers. I am sure they are as over-whelmed with what they have to contend with as I am, at simply viewing the photos.

Posted by Elenora Wilson (Canada) April 8, 09 02:08 PM
32.

Hi all,
I'm italian (fortunately from Turin, which is far away from the disaster) and I have to say this is the worst tragedy I ever seen in my country. The number of dead still raise and there are continous earthquakes (some of them even strong).
The images of Onna are incredible: all those coffins, on the grass in a such small village... I think we all have to pray: for those who lost their life, for those who lost a relative, and for all the people who have lost everything in their home.
I wanna thanks all the people in the world who has offered his help. There is so much to do now.

Posted by Gabbo April 8, 09 02:11 PM
33.

very very very sad. It is horrible to see any human die, but to see it happen to children....While I know its impossible to plan for every major disaster..making stable living infrastructure should always be a high priority. It's really a shame that this city has such poor infrastructure to their buildings. It really hurts my heart to see the firefighter mourning over his daughter, I cant even imagine if it were one of mine. Prayers and Love to the families and victims.

Posted by sulf April 8, 09 02:12 PM
34.

i'm italian, and my father is a firefighter.. #27 is really sad for me..

Posted by ilaria April 8, 09 02:19 PM
35.

my country is in mourning, my heart is in tears.

Posted by Nicola April 8, 09 02:23 PM
36.

I believe #15's caption should be make "do" not make "due". I love The Big Picture. It brings the world to my doorstep. Keep up the great work!

Posted by Kerry April 8, 09 02:26 PM
37.

Great series of photos. One thing struck me as weirdly ironic: That the blue emergency tents are fundamentally better, safer shelters than many of the homes still left standing.

Posted by Mark Alan Thomas April 8, 09 02:40 PM
38.

this makes me sad :(

Posted by Carsten Knobloch April 8, 09 02:43 PM
39.

Number 6 and number 20 lift my heart. Think of all those yet alive and with loved ones. Mourn for the dead but remember the living as well.

Posted by Mumsie April 8, 09 02:52 PM
40.

I spent 3 months in Lucca and lived in a 500-yr-old building much like the ones in the photos. That's an aspect of life that helps make Italy the wonderful country that it is. I'm not sure we over here in the US, where 200-yr-old buildings are scarce, should question how the people of Italy build their homes. This was a tragedy, and perhaps many lives could have been saved had Italy undertaken to replace all those terrific old structures with earthquake-safe buildings - but don't forget that newer seismic-building techniques come with their own costs.

Posted by idahogie April 8, 09 03:26 PM
41.

#15 and #27. I cried looking at the photo. My heart goes out to those who've perished in the disaster. May they rest in peace.

Posted by Terry April 8, 09 03:27 PM
42.

the number 7 is the image that could be represented as the state of morality law and governement in Italy nowaday...

In fact our prime minister Berlusconi suggested people to leave their houses for a vacation to the seaside...

I can't see the bottom of this

Posted by zerocold April 8, 09 03:28 PM
43.

#30 we're dust, our citties are paper...no, we are not gods...

Posted by ana April 8, 09 03:40 PM
44.

We're still recovering from the 2007 earthquake here in Peru. Our hearts go out to our brothers and sisters in Italy.

Posted by Kelly April 8, 09 03:42 PM
45.

Amazing to think of these buildings that stood for centuries came tumbling down in a matter of minutes.

Posted by Nathan April 8, 09 03:43 PM
46.

# 10, you're right. you can see on youtube the TG1 with share / audience success with our earthquake... no words (also for mr. B...)
but we can think and support the firefighters and other volounteers... they works for days

#12 etc.
as told from #10 l'Aquila is an ancient city, many houses and entire villages in Italy are historycal. i've a cave with a floor dated 1654... and isn't so old

Duomo and churchs are usually at least 500 years old, or more, but the real problem for many people is that many NEW buildings collapsed or was severely damaged, also the hospital

Posted by loop April 8, 09 03:44 PM
47.

I am Italian, I have (or had) very closed friends in L'Aquila, ...I am not able to keep in touch and more I see or hear, more I feel heartbroken .my wonderful Country, la mia bella Italia is ending so badly. It is too painful to see and please, don't blame the old building, that is our richness and our beauty. Blame the destiny, the earthquake, everywhere , modern or antique could happen the same.

Posted by Giovanna April 8, 09 03:47 PM
48.

Why did God allow His churches to be destroyed? He is all powerful, all knowing. I do not understand.

Posted by Blorn April 8, 09 03:50 PM
49.

If a building in Italy is a couple of hundred years old, it has already survived many quakes, whether or not it did this time.

Posted by steve muhlberger April 8, 09 04:00 PM
50.

I agree with Michael Nardozzi, picture 12 is unnecessary and should be removed.

Posted by Jim Haven April 8, 09 04:08 PM
51.

I'm italian and i've felt the strongest quake in the middle of the night. It's terrible. No words.

Posted by Matteo April 8, 09 04:11 PM
52.

que trizte... me hace recordar aquel horrible terremoto en la ciudad de Mexico el 19 de septiembre de 1985.... que dios le de consuelo al pueblo italiano... eso les deseo de todo corazon

Posted by Mario de Tijuana April 8, 09 04:19 PM
53.

I'm Italian, from Tuscany, far from the earthquake, but very close to all the people there in Abruzzo, to the firefighters and all the volounteers.
Thanks to you all, I'm very sorry that we have such a ... as prime minister. I'm very ashmed.

Posted by Isabella April 8, 09 04:21 PM
54.

23. ilovequakeroats: cool piccas.special thanks earthquakes all over the world :/

What is your point? Are happy to see eathquake damage to other peoples houses just as long as it's not your own?

27. Lenny: I missed it, Berlusconi (and his friends) is the demonstration of that Einstein quote.
I really can't understand how more than half of the Italians could vote for him and think like him.
It's because of this I want to emigrate, I can't stand living with people like this.

Chavezuela would love to have you. Go and don't come back.


Posted by Archimedes April 8, 09 04:21 PM
55.

@48. I don't usually respond to the religious questions but.....IMHO, God never promised to stop/prevent bad things from happening. He promises to be there with you through the pain.

Thank you Alan!

Posted by denheels April 8, 09 04:21 PM
56.

I was waiting for the Big Picture to post pictures of this tragedy because its the only way I can truly see whats going on in the world. My God. My heart goes out to everyone in L'Aquila, everyone who lost a loved one, everyone who is displaced and everyone who is affected by this. Such a horrible tragedy. I'll pray for everyone.

Posted by heartbroken April 8, 09 04:29 PM
57.

The destruction in these images is frightening, and they evoke great empathy for the families suffering. Such a beautiful place in the spring, with the mountains in the distance.
While it would have saved lives if all of the buildings were built to 2009 seismic standards, that's not realistic. Many of the buildings in the photos are 3-4 hundred years old. An earthquake of 6.3 magnitude would severely damage buildings in any part of the world. By comparison, the 1989 San Francisco earthquake measured 6.9 magnitude and killed 63 people, yet all of those structures were less than 100 years old.

Posted by Rob April 8, 09 04:39 PM
58.

If a 500 years old building collapses during or after a seismic event is tragic but understandable but how a 9 years old hospital, built in an area known to be at seismic risk can collapse as well this is just a gibe. A joke trown on the face of those bleading souls and bodies in need of that hospital right now. And to add insult to injury, this eartquake has been predicted with a scientific method and preannouced not too soon... The representative of the government has not only ignored the scientist also he pressed charge against him for scaremongering.
The worst opprobrium that we Italians are suffering right now is the arrogant ignorance of who is driving this wonderful place heading toward distruction... This is unendurable but many other will fall under the pressure that they impose...

Posted by Saverio Gentile April 8, 09 04:50 PM
59.

@steve muhlberger: you're very right.

I'm from Italy, however not from the affected zones. I'd like to deeply thank you all for your nearness to my people. It's moving to see the eyes of the world on my people and find so much love for them everywhere.

@Alan: this blog is really amazing. You tell the most important stories with the most beautiful pictures. Thank you for the work you do to fill our eyes and our hearts every time.

I'd like to add an element to photo #7: it is important because it's not just a collapsed palace: the sign above the door reads "palace of government" and the building was the "prefettura", which in Italy means a formal delegation of the national government to a major city. The symbolic meaning is evident: the government's power (and human power in general) lies helpless against such a tragedy.

Posted by endi April 8, 09 04:53 PM
60.

All those beautiful old Italian town and villages built right into the ladnscape have help up through so many man-made disasters, and then mother earth simply shrugs her shoulders and knocks it all down. How awful for the families of the dead and those displaced from their homes. Such a tragedy.

Posted by Comedyjc April 8, 09 05:00 PM
61.

wow.

Posted by Crystal April 8, 09 05:08 PM
62.

I agree with heartbroken's comment #56. Alan, you do a great job with The Big Picture of providing greater depth to events around the world that are too often condensed to a 30 second sound bite.

It would be powerful to group Pictures 13, 14 and 27 together. 13) A parent's concern for a child. 14) Relief and Joy as a child is returned to the parent. 27) Despair and depression of a parent whose child is gone.

Posted by Kurt K April 8, 09 05:13 PM
63.

I'm from lebanon, and it saddens me to see this. My prayers go out to all the victims and their families, may God be with you through the pain!

Posted by Tarek April 8, 09 05:14 PM
64.

Berlusconi declared that people of L'Aquila should take this as a joyful weekend in a camping.
Americans, let's do a deal, we send you Berlusconi and you send us Obama.... after 8 years of Bush you should already be used to the worse of the worse....

Posted by Pierluigi Vernetto April 8, 09 05:23 PM
65.

hola la familia giammateo un abrazo de caracas , francis agostini, leoncia y dino gianmateo,vittorio ichinni,luisa,fabio y fabian iachinni, domingo agostini ,a jan carmini todos deseamos que esten bien, estamos con ustedes.

Posted by francisagostini April 8, 09 05:25 PM
66.

hola un abrazo a jena carmini y toda la familia gianmateo de vittorio Iachini, luisa, fabio. domingo y todos en venezuela,caracas.

Posted by francisagostini April 8, 09 05:27 PM
67.

#27 is so.... i'm speakless

Posted by kamiel April 8, 09 05:30 PM
68.

@48: a better question would be why God would allow 16 innocent children to be killed by crushing.. the answer is simple ofcourse: he doesn't exist.

Anyway, what an absolute tragedy this must be for all people involved.. I can't imagine the pain the firefighter in #27 must be feeling :-( Thanks for the great, albeit saddening, pictures.

Posted by Alana April 8, 09 05:48 PM
69.

Thanks everybody for your thoughts and words. Here in Italy we are all touched by this enormous tragedy that has killed many and destroyed wonderful historical sites and cities.

If you want to help the people in Abruzzo, you can make donations to the Italian Red Cross, here: http://www.cri.it/donazioni/index.php?mode=form&version=e&paypal= via paypal
and here http://www.cri.it/donazioni/index.php?mode=form via credit card

Paolo
Rome

Posted by Paolo April 8, 09 05:49 PM
70.

Photo 24 is awful.

Breaks my heart.

D!

Posted by Dez Reavey April 8, 09 05:53 PM
71.

I lived 4 years in L'Aquila, I loved that city, it's so sad.....

Posted by Adelchi April 8, 09 05:59 PM
72.

#15 is a gratuitous intrusion on some poor soul's personal grief.

Posted by LondonSteve April 8, 09 06:24 PM
73.

Que Deus abençoe a alma dessas pessoas...

Posted by Segala April 8, 09 06:27 PM
74.

I'm curious about the comments on old buildings not built up to earthquake standards. If this region is prone to earthquakes, then presumably the medieval buildings have already survived a number of them. I had heard somewhere that it was a lot of new buildings that also collapsed. Does anyone know?

Posted by Lisa1 April 8, 09 06:29 PM
75.

je suis de tout coeur avec vous

Posted by nadjet April 8, 09 06:31 PM
76.

Life is great one second and tragic the next second.
There is no guarentee on happeiness in life.
Love as long and as fast you can.

Posted by Anonymous April 8, 09 06:46 PM
77.

#27 broke my heart....
this is really sad...

Posted by Brunna Rae Visalli April 8, 09 06:51 PM
78.

I feel so bad for the people affected by this terrible tragedy. Italy is such a great country and I wish you the best and a speedy recovery. The pictures on this blog are amazing - as always.

Posted by ko April 8, 09 06:55 PM
79.

Yes, the buildings are old, but not medieval. Earthquakes have struck here many times in the past, virtually destroying the city three times. Most buildings would have to date later than 1706, the year the city experienced it's last devastating earthquake, although the Cathedral and some other larger buildings were rebuilt on some existing structure.
My wife's ancestors are from this region and it's hard to imagine when seeing the pictures how quickly an entire region's way of life can change.
It seems like no matter how potentially dangerous it is to live in an earthquake zone, people will live there if the climate and landscape is attractive. Just ask the folks in California.

Posted by Gary Unger April 8, 09 06:59 PM
80.

"Tears to my eyes" My heart goes out to all those in Italy who have lost love ones.
Does not matter where you are or who you are in this world, pain is pain. Family and friends are so precious.

That is what came to me from these pictures and thank you for sharing them.

Posted by Andrea April 8, 09 07:06 PM
81.

#6 is very sad :(

Posted by ryan April 8, 09 07:44 PM
82.

My heart and my tears are with those people. The pain and loss they are feeling is incomprehendable. Pray for strength for the firefighters and volunteers for the difficult tasks they are having to perform there, and pray for strength. One day at a time.

Posted by Anna April 8, 09 07:50 PM
83.

so sad...

Posted by jizzy April 8, 09 07:57 PM
84.

Oh.... #24 is heartbreaking!

Posted by BrianH April 8, 09 08:30 PM
85.

MY HEART CRIES FOR THOSE FAMILIES . I WILL PRAY TOO THE LORD TO HELP THEM. GOD BLESS

Posted by RAY April 8, 09 08:32 PM
86.

My Greatparents Nunzio and Lucia DiCroce were married in that church...I never got a chance to get to Italy and see it. I am thankful to God that at least I have pictures.....

Posted by Marianne April 8, 09 08:38 PM
87.

hakikaten cok üzücü.ölenlere rahmet, yaralýlara þifa, ve sabýr dilerim.

Posted by adtek April 8, 09 08:50 PM
88.

Ricos y pobres, sabios e ignorantes, poderosos y sumisos, criminales y decentes... a todos nos puede tocar la misma suerte en un abrir y cerrar de ojos.
y en contraposición, ver el rostro de ese hombre buscando a su hijo (foto 13) y encontrarlo vivo (foto 14)... y el vacío de aquel, al encontrar a su propia hija muerta (foto 27). Vivo en Argentina, muy lejos de Italia, pero muy cerca afectivamente.

Posted by Liliana April 8, 09 08:56 PM
89.

I am speechless. My prayers are with all of you. How can I help.
Oh and ilovequakeroats You will rot in hell

Posted by Ron Hendry April 8, 09 08:59 PM
90.

Conmovido por lo que estas fotos transmiten. La del bombero llorando sin consuelo la apraición de su hija ...habla!

Posted by Benjamin April 8, 09 09:01 PM
91.

I find #12 heartbreaking.

Posted by Anne April 8, 09 09:14 PM
92.

I cant explain my feelings for this tragedy that happend to these folks. This has gotta be the worst earthquake that ive been alive for. Im only 14 and i cant explian the emotions rambling in my mind at this instant. I think that people that aren't moved by this horrific earthquake are totally cold blooded.

Posted by Tyler Hansen April 8, 09 09:39 PM
93.

did anyone notice the beautiful ancient cathedral that was touched harshly?
do we really have to believe that god's house is not the entire width and breath of time and space
the only doors that needs opening to enter His house, are the ones in our hearts and minds
He is the soul of all things great and small
may the people of this castestrophe know the peace that passes understanding


Posted by Wizard April 8, 09 09:50 PM
94.

My understanding is that generally, medieval buildings, with some exceptions, weren't built with the same sophisticated knowledge of engineering that Renaissance and later ones were. Sadly, many of the modern buildings, like the hospital, were built of such shoddy materials that they collapsed. Anti-seismic design was legally required but not enforced.

All thoughts and prayers to the victims, their families and friends, and the rescuers. Vi vengono pace nella rimembranza di giorni felice e ricordi dell'amore che non muore.

Posted by Ann April 8, 09 10:12 PM
95.

Some of the commenters would rather have a set of censored images than put a face on this horrible tragedy. I think we're all better off seeing the naked horribleness of it. It reminds us that this isn't so much a story as reminder of the value of life--of the frailty of man. Why is it that we feel like we sterilize a painful event? Is it for the victims' benefit, or the viewers'? I can't claim to know what a grief-stricken mother would want or whether she would consider a picture of her sadness an intrusion. I can say that if I were an Italian, I would want people to know how painful this is. I would want them to know that this was a big deal and not just a current events blip, soon to be supplanted by some other nation's sports scores or celebrity gossip.

I see pictures like these and I feel a sadness that won't be easily shrugged away. That's how it should be.

Posted by Ally April 8, 09 10:46 PM
96.

I am Brazilian, and my condolences to everyone effected.


ITALIA.

Posted by Henrique Portela April 8, 09 10:47 PM
97.

so, so sad. The poor firefiighter and mother and infant who died among many, many others. My condolences to all.

Posted by Pat April 8, 09 11:23 PM
98.

la pace Italia

Posted by k April 8, 09 11:30 PM
99.

My heart aches for all my paesani in Italia. My family is in southern Italy, northeast of Napoli and safe and secure, but we all grieve for the loss of life, the injured, the survivors and the loss of property and history. Italia is a beautiful land and its people and culture amazing. Many Americans are with you in spirit and send our love, prayers and best wishes.

Posted by Italo-American in Boston April 8, 09 11:54 PM
100.

This is no "weekend camping trip".... my thoughts go to the people of Italy (except for Mr B.)

Posted by HT April 8, 09 11:57 PM
101.

I have been to Italy many times and love it with a passion that I know many of you fully understand. I was sick when I heard about the earthquake and the terrible destruction, and more so, the loss of the precious lifes. After seeing these pictures, my emotions ran high and I am heartbroken. God bless the survivors and may he give you strength to some how carry on and to someday again smile, laugh and love life, the way visiting Italy has taught me to love.

Posted by GordonJ April 9, 09 12:14 AM
102.

rien à dire

Posted by Teremba April 9, 09 12:16 AM
103.

God Bless Everyone in Italy

Posted by Dean C. April 9, 09 12:24 AM
104.

earthquake is not the first problem in italy: the FIRST disaster is Berlusconi, that said: "go to at the sea, is a spring time!!!!"
thanks for your attention, I'm italian.

Posted by italian April 9, 09 12:55 AM
105.

so so sad...

Posted by freewind April 9, 09 01:02 AM
106.

Un disastro terribile, ma Italia vive ancora perche il spirito d'Italia e piu forte di questo terremote.

Con tutta la mia amore.

Posted by Anonymous April 9, 09 01:23 AM
107.

You are in our thoughts and prayers...

Posted by Bella April 9, 09 02:02 AM
108.

#24 and 27 make me even more eager to reunite with my family
#12 there are two hands. perhaps dying while with someone else you love is not as bad.
#17 What a beautiful sight, even in its remains

My thoughts and prayers are for everyone affected. May God give you strength to continue searching for love ones and to heal from your wounds.

For the ones lost, requiescat in pace.

Posted by lopsidedsmiley April 9, 09 03:14 AM
109.

Penso che siano assolutamente fuori luogo in questo momento e a fronte di queste immagini parlare di Berlusconi.
Il problema ora è il terremoto. E possiamo ringraziare anche i politici per l'enorme sforzo di uomini e mezzi che ora lavorano all'Aquila.
Berlusconi qui, Berlusconi là Berlusconi su... ecc. ecc. guardate le immagini e ringraziamo Berlusconi, Franceschini, Di Pietro, Fini, Casini e tutti gli altri che finalmente e per qualche giorno sono uniti per aiutare gli abruzzesi.

Posted by Gianluca April 9, 09 03:15 AM
110.

Desde Catalunya, un abrazo a nuestros hermanos italianos.
Ánimo.

Posted by Barcelona April 9, 09 04:02 AM
111.

This is heartbreaking. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Graeme -South Africa April 9, 09 04:25 AM
112.

There is something against what we can't fight and that something is nature, we are distroying the planet and we think that we are not going to get the pay back.
I feel for thoses people who lost everything, it's the sadest thing ever to loose someone for no reason, you are harmless in front of things like this because you cant blame nature, or god.
That 's why we need to help eachother and be strong.
THANK YOU for showing us thoses pictures , we need to see it to understand that the world is going mad.

Posted by Sandrine P April 9, 09 04:41 AM
113.

Coraggio, dobbiamo reagire e lo stiamo facendo, che lo Stato resti al fianco delle persone che in questo momento hanno bisogno.
Oggi siamo tutti Abruzzesi.

Posted by Simone April 9, 09 04:50 AM
114.

Hanno bisogno di noi!

Posted by paolo April 9, 09 05:21 AM
115.

#24 ......#24 ......#24...... when i think of it it makes my eyes wet :-(

Posted by asz April 9, 09 05:24 AM
116.

Vergogna per tutti quelli che hanno rieletto quel bastardo di Berlusconi !!
Italiani, svegliatevi !!!

Posted by Fabio, from Switzerland April 9, 09 05:29 AM
117.

Just for the thruth, Berlusconi never said what Guardian, El Mundo and #104 report. No way. I heard him what he really said on TV. Maybe they don't watch television.

Posted by Pius April 9, 09 05:32 AM
118.

najszczersze wyrazy wspó³czucia. straszna tragedia.

Posted by cichy bob April 9, 09 05:42 AM
119.

My heritage has been wiped off the face of the earth!
No more city my ancestors built, no more heritage?

The Italian government should be put on trial for murder, where else can laws be created and never enforced.

My heart is broken!!
The pictures say it all!!

Posted by Adelaide April 9, 09 05:43 AM
120.

God Bless them all !

Posted by julie uk April 9, 09 05:57 AM
121.

Oui très triste, des constructions anti-sismiques qui n'en sont pas, des politiques qui rigolent...très très tristes, et la population comme d'habitude qui souffre...

Posted by marc April 9, 09 06:19 AM
122.

God save all the world

Posted by Emad April 9, 09 06:20 AM
123.

Siamo tutti con voi

Posted by Pole April 9, 09 06:33 AM
124.

It's so sad, my condolences to everyone who lost their beloved persons. I am Greek and I can understand what a tragedy can an earthquake cause.

Posted by villy April 9, 09 06:40 AM
125.

strazianti, e ben realizzate

Posted by rino piras April 9, 09 06:56 AM
126.

#27 Lenny: allora vedi di emigrare alla svelta, dato che neanche noi abbiamo voglia di vivere con gente come te. Emigra, se hai le palle (speranza vana...).

Posted by franz April 9, 09 07:23 AM
127.

this pictures make you feel the weight of the stones

grazie per il vostro contributo

Posted by sandra April 9, 09 07:25 AM
128.

Number 12 left me speechless....

Posted by Katie April 9, 09 08:38 AM
129.

This is rather hard to understand train of thought the nature, but in other case we all haven't any choice. With the hope in our hearts, with the support in our souls.

Posted by Serginio (Ukraine) April 9, 09 08:45 AM
130.

Wishes of strength and courage from Brazil to all Abruzzesi. May God lead your way.

Posted by Ken April 9, 09 09:02 AM
131.

I'm really sorry!!!!
The world are one big family, associated with your tragedy and pray
God save our souls.

Posted by Kristina April 9, 09 09:29 AM
132.

Its no doubt a dewastating and jolting incident. May all survivers be able to bear this shock and be able to normalise as soon as possible. Pakistan had been a receipient of similar Earthquake in year 2005. It is very difficult to imagine the pain if you have not seen it by yourself. There is no substitue to the human loss.

Posted by Aamer Saleem Khan April 9, 09 09:31 AM
133.

REALMENTE É UMA CATÁSTROFE

AS FOTOS SÃO CHOCANTES E TRISTES

SÓ DESEJO BOA SORTE PARA TODOS...

ABRAÇO

RAFAEL (FROM BRAZIL)

Posted by Rafael D. V. April 9, 09 09:40 AM
134.

picture #3 : someone were really good at hanging up pictures.

Posted by lars April 9, 09 09:46 AM
135.

Berlusconi... "che gli americani ci ricostruiscano, semmai, le chiese". Perchè? alla chiesa mancano forse gli eurini per ricostruirsi le chiese?? Perchè non gli chiede di ricostruire le case, a loro che le sanno fare antisismiche per davvero???
E quell'"altro": verrò a trovarvi, ma non subito perchè ho altri impegni". Ma si può????? Sono schifata.

Posted by MaGa April 9, 09 09:47 AM
136.

@117 maybe Just because YOu watch italian television you dont get news that others foreing newspaper gets but just a couple of censored bullshit?? Idiot

Posted by Ale April 9, 09 10:03 AM
137.

Amaized to notice that many people refer to God this way: "how God could leave a church be destroyed" (comment 48), or why he left so many children and innocents be killed? The answer is that god does not exist! If we accept that fact, everything is easier to understand;

Posted by baudry April 9, 09 10:18 AM
138.

I Wish it would have never happened .IT is so sad .so sad . i would like to say to all Italian friends that we are with them .Our thoughts are with people lost their beloved ones .And i strongly believe that we should ALL TAKE ALL ACTIONS MAKING A BETTER WORLD .......based on values

Posted by Athina April 9, 09 10:29 AM
139.

OMG!! All of them are so sad, like 24, 27, and 15. So sad...couldn't imagine any of that happening to me!! God bless you all!

Posted by Julia April 9, 09 10:30 AM
140.

#20 is a terrific picture! Thanks as always for such a wonderful blog. If anyone wants to help the victims, you can go to Operation Blessing International at http://community.ob.org/site/PageServer

Posted by Matt April 9, 09 10:44 AM
141.

SONO DI PESCARA E SONO A POCHI CHILOMETRI DA L'AQUILA.
SPERO CHE NON ACCADA COME DI SOLITO SUCCEDE QUI DA NOI.
NON DIMENTICHIAMOLI, AIUTIAMOLI ANCHE QUANDO I MEDIA AVRANNO FINTO DI SPECULARE SUL DOLORE DELLA NOSTRA TERRA.

Posted by Rocco di Pescara April 9, 09 10:47 AM
142.

Fabio, from Switzerland messaggio 116
HAI PERSO UN'OCCASIONE PER STARE ZITTO.
ADESSO I COMMENTI POLITICI DI QUALSIASI FAZIONE SI PROVIENE SONO FUORI LUOGO.
PURTROPPO LA MADRE DEGLI IMBECILLI E' SEMPRE INCINTA.

Posted by Rocco di Pescara April 9, 09 10:56 AM
143.

#6, #27 are very powerfull. May God give them strength to pass through all pain.

Posted by Shailendra April 9, 09 10:56 AM
144.

Italy is a strong country and it will be strong with this earthquake as well. Why has such things to happen? Deepest sympathy to all Italians who have lost a person that was important or loved by them now. And Italy, be strong. A historical building is important, but human lifes are 100 times more important. Italy can rebuild destroied buildings, as we can see in Assisi and Gemona (Friuli-Venezia-Giulia) and so will it do with L'Aquila. But always no, Italians, that we are with you.

Posted by Paul April 9, 09 11:24 AM
145.

IS SO SAD, SO STRONG
GOD BLESS ALL THIS PEOPLE......................IM BLESS THEM TOO.

Posted by KARLA DOLEJAL April 9, 09 11:32 AM
146.

Once again, thank you for putting together such a moving set of pictures. My heart breaks for Italy.

Posted by AN April 9, 09 11:33 AM
147.

IS SO SAD, SO STRONG
GOD BLESS ALL THIS PEOPLE......................IM BLESS THEM TOO.

Posted by KARLA DOLEJAL April 9, 09 11:35 AM
148.

God Help The Italian People i m so sorry

Posted by takalino from L.A. April 9, 09 11:50 AM
149.

Keep picture #12. It gave me the most pause, the wedding ring...

Posted by Tony April 9, 09 12:24 PM
150.

The photo of the crying firefighter made me feel a crushing weight in my chest. I'm so very, very sorry. I can't think of anything else to say.

Posted by L April 9, 09 12:30 PM
151.

God Bless the people of Aquila. Your friends in the USA are praying for you.

Posted by Dee Dee April 9, 09 12:33 PM
152.

It's was so sad to see the sun rising like that god bless their soul in peace.
Tamba

Posted by Anonymous April 9, 09 12:39 PM
153.

I spent a few days in L'Aquila in the summer of 2006 - beautiful town, friendly people and great food. I am from New Orleans, so I have an idea about the recovery process that these people have ahead of them - my heart goes out to all of you.

Posted by m joyner April 9, 09 01:38 PM
154.

I was in Rome on vacation with my family during the quake - never felt anything like that before, and we had nothing like L'Aquila experienced! I was panicked as it was but have no concept of what it was like at the epicenter. My heart goes out to all victims - injured, dead, homeless or otherwise affected.

And "i like quaker oats" is that signature in #23 - nothing to do with this earthquake. That person merely points out that this is one of many quakes that occur all over the world and all the time, though that does not dimish the suffering from this one!

Posted by Bryan April 9, 09 02:35 PM
155.

To the people in L'aquila Italy I can feel the pain your going through. It seems really rough. Godd Bless! I will keep you in my prayers

Posted by Maria L April 9, 09 03:16 PM
156.

My deep Condolences to everybody in Italy , i feel your pain.
it´s so hard to see the images and i speechless

Georges @ Brazil

Siamo tutti con voi

Posted by Georges Abou Nabhan Junior April 9, 09 03:26 PM
157.

Queste immagini parlano da sole. Questa tragedia.

Posted by Alberto "Paco" April 9, 09 03:30 PM
158.

Chiunque di fronte a questa tragedia si attorciglia alla politica maledendo questo o quel politico e' solo un'infame. Pensiamo solo alle persone che colpite dal terremoto ed hanno perso gli affetti piu'' cari, si stanno rialzando con un coraggio che non avevo mai visto, e gia da subito vogliono ricostruire e vivere. L'italia intera e' con voi.

Posted by max April 9, 09 03:35 PM
159.

tragedija!!!

Posted by pedja April 9, 09 03:39 PM
160.

Moltto per me piaciuto L"aquila ,la vivi mio amore.Non dispiacia che suciaso.Uzuojauta visiems zmonems,gaila ,kad tai turi isguventi.Noreciau padeti,bet nezinau kaip.....uzuojauta

Posted by joli April 9, 09 04:15 PM
161.

My sister and I were in Italia last Settembre, although not L'Aquila. Our hearts go out to all of Italia. These are the most geniune people on earth. I am so sorry for your tragedy. If I could figure out how to do it, I would be there in an instant to help do what I could. I love you Italia and I love your people. We are with you in thought and prayer. God bless and be with Italy. Thank you for these photos, they are very moving... I will never forget. :(.

Posted by Valorie April 9, 09 04:25 PM
162.

I hope and pray that all of the people affected by this tragic event heal quickly and get everything they need to move forward. My heart goes out to all of those who lost family and friends in this tragedy.

Posted by Brooke April 9, 09 04:42 PM
163.

My family is originally from Rocca di Mezzo and L'Aquila. Such an enormous loss for Abruzzo! Your pain is felt around the world. To all those suffering, my heart is with you. May you have the Lord's peace and comfort to strengthen you during this terrible time!
Coraggio, Italia! Che Dio sia con voi!

Posted by Diana April 9, 09 05:23 PM
164.

I'm thinking of determination the man on 27 had to work with...

Posted by Maciek April 9, 09 05:47 PM
165.

We were in L'Aquila on the 12 and 13th of March '09 being shown around his lovely City as he called it our friend Augustos we were entertained by his family and friends in the best possible way, we were given a guided tour of this beautiful town and surroundings, it is a pleasure to have seen it, our hearts go out to all that live and died there we are very very sad to see this distruction, and loss. Thinking of you all we have heard that our friends have survived and that wait was hard but finally a message came through but there fright and sadness we feel. Hope to catch up soon Anwen and Huw Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Posted by Anwen & Huw Pembrokeshire, Wales April 9, 09 06:13 PM
166.

Reportage fotografico drammatico, una vera tragedia per L'Aquila, l'Abruzzo, per tutta l'Italia.

Godspeed!

Posted by Michele April 9, 09 07:47 PM
167.

God bless those suffering during this tragic event....prayers and thoughts go out to the Italians at this very sad time.

Posted by peter jay April 9, 09 07:52 PM
168.

my heartfelt condolenses to allwho have suffered, lost loved ones in this catastrophic earthquake .god bless you all and give you the strength to keep you going.

Posted by giovanni April 9, 09 08:46 PM
169.

grande tristezza e dolore,conosco e amo l'Italia,adesso piango con voi

Posted by Vito da Polonia April 9, 09 08:49 PM
170.

My prayers go out to you: to the families of those who died, and to the wounded, to the people who helped, and to all of Italy. I am so sorry for this to have happened! We are God's creation, and His to do with as He chooses.

Posted by helizna April 9, 09 09:19 PM
171.

God does care. God is not the author of evil and destruction. He cares and Loves everyone equally, especially you. Do I know why things like this happen, I can not give an answer. I do know that God is in COntrol and that HE reigns forever more. May the Love and comfort of God be with all..

Posted by Mike Neufeld April 9, 09 09:22 PM
172.

My mother if from Onna, and i have visited there many times. I see my cousins and friends on the internet suffering. It is very difficult to deal with, I feel helpless.

Please do what you can, donate $20 whatever you are able to. There are sites such as the italian redcross you can donate at.

God Bless.

Posted by Mario April 9, 09 10:11 PM
173.

En Guatemala vivimos lo mismo y en nuestra pobreza logramos unirnos y salir adelante, algo que deja todo este desastre es el amor de unos a otros, y en esta Semana Santa seguramente Jesucristo los tiene en sus brazos a cada uno. Que Dios les bendiga

Posted by Zoily April 9, 09 11:29 PM
174.

I lived in L'Aquila for a few years back in the early '90s. Every day I drove to Assergi and back, often taking the local road through Paganica. Most nights my friends and I ate out in L'Aquila, or at the quirky trout place on the "outskirts" of Tempera. After dinner, we did what every other human over the age of 2 did : we walked up and down L'Aquila's main street for no practical reason whatsoever.

Now it's not hard to find a charming town in Italy, or a place with friendly people and lovely scenery and wonderful food. But there's something about a place like L'Aquila that makes it unique, impossible to confuse with any other spot on the map. Even after you get used to it, maybe even grow tired of it, that special quality of _place_ keeps affecting you, becoming part of you. To be born and raised and spend your life somewhere like that is something difficult to imagine.

Of course I was shocked to hear of the earthquake. I was very afraid for the people I know personally who live in the area, and I continue to feel heartbroken for the victims and their families and friends. But something that has grown as the days pass is an overwhelming sadness for the _place_ itself. Sure, they can build a L'Aquila 2 somewhere down the road. And if there isn't a church or a fountain or a statue there, somebody will surely build one. But what a tragedy that would be.


Posted by jjs April 10, 09 12:09 AM
175.

my heart goes out to everyone effected by this tragedy.
berlusconi is a selfish pig who should be doing more for those effected by this tragedy.
viva italia!!!

Posted by joel April 10, 09 12:13 AM
176.

My heart felt condolences goes to those who have lost their precious near and dear ones...

Posted by Dev, from India April 10, 09 12:52 AM
177.

God bless everyone who has been touched by this catastrophe. My heart goes out to you.

Posted by Luisa April 10, 09 12:55 AM
178.

I can't believe my friend Cristina slept through this tragedy.my heart goes to all the Italian people.I think your President is very silly for not accepting any help from any other country, he's obviously not feeling what the homeless people are feeling he's got a warm bed and a roof over his head so why should he care.
HEARTLESS MAN HOW DOES HE SLEEPS AT KNIGHT.

Posted by Luisa Marquez April 10, 09 01:09 AM
179.

oh my god ... i was on a excursion in italy and hours before the earthquake we went trough the heart of Aquila .... but we heard about it the next morning
such a tragedy :(

Posted by Martin April 10, 09 03:06 AM
180.

It is so sad. Hope that if enywhere, and at any time similar tragedy will happens Europe will be together and each nation help other, like now.
I pray for you.
God Bless

Posted by Damiano April 10, 09 03:27 AM
181.

Our God suffers with & for us, not 'over' us. And that's what make him rather special. I will pray especially for the Italian earthquake and our Australian bushfire victims this Easter. May GBU.

Posted by Antonio April 10, 09 04:00 AM
182.

While my condolences certainly go out to all those touched by this event, it should serve as a none-too-gentle reminder to all of you who actually believe that we will(or can) destroy this planet -- just exactly how concerned the planet is about our puny existence.

Posted by prairiemike April 10, 09 04:05 AM
183.

@ 109 (Gianluca)

maybe it's better if you remember that everybodies are there - i mean, italians politicians - only thanks to the next european elections. Dear Gianluca, one week before, offshore italians costs, 200 immigrants on a ship are dead, but nobody cries them. So, maybe means that are two different kind of human being?
About Berlusconi, it's really easy to be there, now, and suggest to build another L'Aquila. Don't you Berlusconi was an house-builder in the latest seventhies? Can you imagine how many interests under the "good italian spirit". We are not all "paisà". Stop with this fracking prejudice. Those houses had not to be built there.
As in one of the comments, guess why a lot of middle-age buildings are still alive after centuries and why NEW building crack-down. Maybe some of them had not to be built. And guess who gave the permissions to do, in the last fiftheen years.
Abruzzo's hearhquake is the last and not the least rapresentation of italian bad governance.

However, my heart is with all the families of the victims, and i will be there to help as soon as possible. But please, vote your friend Berlusconi and shut up. Thegood italianas


Posted by jan k. April 10, 09 04:50 AM
184.

Hodnì štìstí do dalších chvil, bude to potøeba...... bude to tìžké.

Good luck to the other moments, you will need it ...... it will be difficult.

Posted by Lenka z Czech Republic April 10, 09 04:53 AM
185.

I'm italian but not from Abruzzo. I feel sad. I will always keep in my heart and memory what's appening there in L'Aquila and all the little villages.
In my heart, because all those people (surivivors and dead) will always be in my prayers.In my memory, just to remember that in mycountry mafia, politics and money are the same, bastard, thing. Buildings are not safe everywhere. Someone must tell us why! We cannot die that way.
God bless them.

Posted by Giulio April 10, 09 04:56 AM
186.

hope this time we learn the lesson and fix the heritage and the recent buildings with some true anti seismic tech. and build new ones from scratch with an adequate design.

if not to save buildings, the quake was not so huge in magnitudo but very near to surface that's why the effect was very concentrated and devastating, at least to spare lives.

look at st. francis church in assisi and the many other historical artifacts duly restored in a 400 days from the quake that almost destroyed them in 1997 a few kilometers away from this actual disaster.

new quakes will come, it's only a matter of time since only a very small part of italy is non seismic area and a big part is at high risk.

italy is a world leader in tech and science as far as seismic matter is concerned, but many years late in adopting countermeasures in comparison to japan and usa.

it's time to do our homework and do it well.

Posted by zeno April 10, 09 05:27 AM
187.

non passa giorno qui a Roma che non si sentano scosse sismiche...la notte ci si sveglia, abbraccio mia figlia, vedo il lampadario oscillare, il letto muoversi e penso a quello che può essere da voi aquilani e mi dico : ma quando smetterà mai? Non se ne può più! Bastaaaaaaa! La vita continua anche se può essere appesa a un filo, solo forza, coraggio, determinazione danno quella voglia di battersi e di andare avanti.....vorrei trasmettervi tutta quella forza, determinazione e voglia di battermi che ho per affrontare tutto ciò che ci sta accadendo. Stiamo insieme.

Posted by sara April 10, 09 05:45 AM
188.

#27 is heartbreaking. I cannot imagine finding your child as you help look for other survivors. :(

Posted by ApplesH April 10, 09 06:41 AM
189.

Sorprende e avvicina agli altri la consapevolezza di non essere a parti invertite.
Vedere queste immagini è commovente e regala sensazioni di infinita vicinanza.
Sono al loro fianco come fossero miei fratelli.

Posted by Luca Cocco April 10, 09 06:57 AM
190.

GLI ABRUZZESI stanno dando prova di grandissima dignità,una grande lezione di vita a tutti noi,politici ed eclesiastici compresi

Posted by FABIO toscana April 10, 09 07:08 AM
191.


"Pensiamo solo alle persone che colpite dal terremoto ed hanno perso gli affetti piu'' cari, si stanno rialzando con un coraggio che non avevo mai visto, e gia da subito vogliono ricostruire e vivere"

And it will happen again. There are people in Italy who don't blame criminals, they just cry everytime a disaster comes. They are guilty of murder. Other people gives life every day to avoid this, suffering even for the deaths to come.
Ignorant.

Posted by ginko April 10, 09 07:13 AM
192.

Speechless..

Posted by Anonymous April 10, 09 07:15 AM
193.
Posted by fotoste April 10, 09 08:09 AM
194.

Il dolore ci unisce tutti anche se c'è sempre qualche comunista di merda che vuole dire la sua. Prima o poi vi sotterreranno anche a voi!

Posted by Un italiano vero April 10, 09 08:33 AM
195.

My prayers and those of my church are with all the victims of this catastrophe.
I am touched by comment # 93. It is true for all of us.

Posted by Andrea N. Perakis April 10, 09 08:48 AM
196.

I pray to God that the rescuers find everyone buried in the debris.
I pray to God to give strength to the affected family members to face the calamity and may their life return to normal.

Posted by Anurag Singh April 10, 09 09:06 AM
197.

Pictures can give you an ideea of what's happening, but they can't make you feel the smell and hear the cries and screams. Is horrifing. These pictures make me feel sick as they take me back to Romania in the spring of 1977 (April 4th I think). I was in the very center of Bucharest when it happened and took with it several thousands of victims. I saw it all from the beggining to the end and I helped people till the army took the control of the resque. Is one of the cruelties of Mother Nature to which I wouldn't like to witness again. My heart is with the families of the victims and of the unfound yet.

Posted by peter k April 10, 09 09:06 AM
198.

@ 183 Jan. You must read what i wrote than you can teach me somethings! But you must READ!!! Io non parlavo di politica ma ho detto e ribadisco che una volta tanto il Governo Italiano è rimasto unito. Per il fatto che siano crollate le case non ho detto che è colpa di destra o di sinistra e neanche si può dire sia colpa di Fassino o Berlusconi perchè sono crollate case con 10 anni come case con 300 anni. Sicuramente le regole antisismiche dovevano essere fatte rispettare ma non lo ha fatto nè il governo di sinistra nè di destra. Se i politici non fossero andati saremmo stati qui a dire non sono andati che schifo, stavolta sono andati allora tutti a dire vogliono pubblicità.

Posted by Gianluca April 10, 09 09:53 AM
199.

God bless our Italiens friends
David , France

Posted by David April 10, 09 09:57 AM
200.

So sad, i wish this were all a dream. My prayers are with everyone who has been touched by this tragedy. Has anyone donated yet to the American Red Cross? Are there other organizations where you can donate? I live in NY.

Posted by Antonella April 10, 09 10:07 AM
201.

# 13 and 14 are very very moving, the love and heartache of a parent to a child...intense.... the joy of seeing him alive ....May Gods love and peace be with all of you affected.

Posted by Crimson_Zebra April 10, 09 10:34 AM
202.

It is disgusting and sad Predident Obama only pledged $50,000.00 to help these people. The Italians had the decency to refuse help from the USA after this insulting gesture. The Vatican also has the decency to refuse to accept his delegates. I hope they do the same to him when he tries to visit.

The European Press has a completly different view of his recent visit then what we hear and read in America.

Posted by Dan Anderson April 10, 09 10:35 AM
203.

These great gallery is one of the saddest pictures ever seen around. Hope the quakes have stopped already, and the life in Abruzzo will slowly get normal.

Posted by Galina April 10, 09 10:38 AM
204.

Straziato nel vedere dalla Francia le immagini della mia terra sconquassata che non tornerà mai più come prima e della mia gente che soffre pene indicibli quanto immeritate ed inspiegabili... e dire che tutte le volte che ho attraversato quei posti in lungo e in largo per viaggio o per puro diletto con gli amici, mi hanno sempre infuso una pace e una tranquillità che non erano di questo mondo... ora invece sono gli amici ed i cari a non esserlo più....
Tutto l'amore possibile alla mia regione
Siate forti come sempre

Posted by Alessandro Di Croce April 10, 09 10:41 AM
205.

Desde Colombia un pais acostumbrado a los terremotos y a la muerte les envio fortaleza y mis deseos para que Dios les de resignación y alivio fisico y a sus almas.

Posted by Juan Arias April 10, 09 10:57 AM
206.

Nella foto 17 non e' la chiesa di santa maria di collemaggio. e' la chiesa delle anime sante che si trova a fianco del duomo a piazza duomo. e' una tragedia enorme ma la solidarieta' degli italiani e' altretanto enorme cosa che mi fa sentire molto meglio. io sono uno studente greco che studia a l'aquila e non penso proprio di andarmene quella citta' la amo e' la citta' che mi ospita da 5 anni e che mi ha datto la possibilita' di studiare.. corraggio a tutti noi e un abbraccio forte a tutti gli amici aquilani staremo insieme!

Posted by Anonymous April 10, 09 11:09 AM
207.

Dear Italy,
We mourn for you. Our prayers this Easter are for you.
Nancy in Seattle

Posted by Nancy April 10, 09 11:16 AM
208.

i find # 24 heartbreaking!!!!! troppo triste al vedere cosa ci aspetta a tutti prima e poi..... la vita e corta....

Posted by alessandra April 10, 09 11:25 AM
209.

I was there, somehow I managed to escape and survived. There are no words to describe what happened there. God bless all this people and those who died may they rest in peace forever [*]

Posted by Jo. April 10, 09 11:26 AM
210.

nella foto 17 non e' la chiesa di santa maria di collemaggio ma la chiesa delle anime sante in pieno centro storico a fianco del duomo. e' una tragedia ma enorme e' anche la solidarieta' degli italiani cosa che mi emoziona moltissimo. io sono uno studente greco che studia a l'aquila e non penso proprio di andarmene. mi sono legato e amo la citta' che ormai la considero casa mia. doppo tutto l'aquila mi ospita per piu di 4 anni e mi ha datto la possibilita' di studiare. corraggio a tutti noi e un abbraccio enorme a tutti gli amici dell'aquilano, staremo insieme!

Posted by Vasilis April 10, 09 11:27 AM
211.

The Italian spirit will survive. In the meantime grant peace of mind to the survivors, Lord.

Posted by Clive April 10, 09 11:33 AM
212.

I cant believe that all this destruction and heartbreak happened in just a few days. Everyone should do what they can to help these people. And thanks to the photographers who let the world know about this tragedy.

Posted by Josh Fowler April 10, 09 11:55 AM
213.

Oggi in Italia ci sentiamo tutti abruzzesi. Un abbraccio a tutti voi.

Posted by Angelo April 10, 09 12:09 PM
214.

Non ho parole...solo brividi. Dio benedica le anime dei bimbi e dei loro genitori che sono caduti in questa tragedia.

Posted by Raf April 10, 09 12:30 PM
215.

En mi corazón siento dolor, tristeza, pena e impotencia de no poder hacer nada por ese Pais al que Amo tanto. Solo le pido a Dios que le de pasiencia para salir adelante, que derroche mucho AMOR en todos lo corazones del mundo y sobre todo en los del pueblo Italiano para asi juntos poder ayudar a esas pobres familias que las quedaron vivas llevaran consigo ese trauma por el resto de sus dias.

Posted by Helen April 10, 09 12:32 PM
216.

My God bless and help all the people affected by the earthquake.


to 183 Jan k.
Sei tanto cinico quanto ignorante. Prima di imparare a scrivere in inglese (che ne hai molto bisogno, spaghetto-mandolino), impara a pensare in italiano.

Posted by Greg April 10, 09 12:35 PM
217.

i m moroccan and my condolences to L'Aquila s poeple and god bless them

Posted by the moroccan April 10, 09 12:40 PM
218.

Fotos incriveis
Muito bem feitas
Que Deus tenha piedade dessa gente e da querida Italia.
(Congratulations!)

Posted by Ari April 10, 09 01:23 PM
219.

Thank you for posting these pictures so that we may see the devastation and better understand what our brothers and sisters are going through...

My prayers and condolences to the people of L'Aquila, Onna, and all affected by the earthquake..so sorry...

Posted by Carmen April 10, 09 01:29 PM
220.

Why does life have to be so cruel? I am so upset ,Our thoughts are with you
God Bless
il mio cuore è riempito con tristezza

Posted by Giovanni Braia (Wales) April 10, 09 01:54 PM
221.

Why does life have to be so cruel? I am so upset ,Our thoughts are with you
God Bless
il mio cuore è riempito con tristezza

Posted by Giovanni Braia (Wales) April 10, 09 02:03 PM
222.

nu. 24 ...... mi mancano le parole.....

Posted by carolina April 10, 09 02:07 PM
223.

I am from America, I am a victim of the economy an autoworker with no job and it seems no hope after 6 months of sitting home, but then I see our brothers and sisters in L'Aquila..........I do not know suffering and pain, but I ask, why me. Forgive me L'Aquila, I send my prayers that many will come to help.

Posted by Bernard DeVito April 10, 09 02:11 PM
224.

seeing these pictures brought tears to my eyes god bless all these people may your love ones rest in peace bless you all

Posted by maureen frazer hull england April 10, 09 02:52 PM
225.

Io sono di Sulmona ma vivo in Detroit Michigan U S A . Sono cosi' triste nel vedere tutta quella tragedia che e'sucesso all'Aquila e i dintorni condivido con voi tutti il dolore che avete in questo momendo che Dio vi protegga a tutti! ( Io sono emigrata negli anni 60 in America so che L'Italia e' una bella Nazione e ne sono fiera pero ' i governanti sin dal 1960 ad oggi a mio parere lasciano tutti a desiderare )

Posted by Renata Cascianelli April 10, 09 03:05 PM
226.

My daughter and I were in L'Aquila four years ago today for Good Friday procession from the church through the town square and village. We met many wonderful people. My heart breaks for them. I am wondering about the village of Peddiciano, if anyone knows if it had damage as well. ALso the 99 fountains?
God bless, you are in our prayers

Posted by Cindy Tomassi April 10, 09 03:13 PM
227.

I was supposed to go to L'Aquila in May. I wanted to go to the Archivio di Stato to collect historical demographic records for towns in the province. Picture #7 shows that this won't be possible, at least not this trip.

Wondering who I might contact to see if I can volunteer with the recovering of the historic documents for the archive.

Posted by Katherine Condon April 10, 09 04:00 PM
228.

I really shed a tear seeing all this! However, there is comfort is God's hands!

Posted by James Kaphale April 10, 09 04:34 PM
229.

i pray god to help the vitime of this disaster

Posted by Anonymous April 10, 09 04:44 PM
230.

I am lost for words, My God bless and help all the people affected by the earthquake.

Posted by Sanja April 10, 09 05:10 PM
231.

God Bless Aquila Italia, The maltese people are behind you, Alexander Lautier Malta

Posted by Alexander Lautier April 10, 09 05:19 PM
232.

though i was not there,i pray that GOD in his infinit mercy strenghten the bereved and the heart to bear the lose of their loved once,in jesus name-Amen.

Posted by TONY OGBEMUDIA April 10, 09 05:26 PM
233.

Why at this tragic time, are people using this forum to vent opinions about the media, God, etc.? Instead, we should all be asking, "How can I help?"

My thoughts are with the Italian people, the victims, their families, the brave rescuers and the people who organized the response in an effective, quick manner. America was not half as effective after our own natural disasters, like the Hurricane Katrina.

Our planet is one community.

Posted by S Shuman April 10, 09 05:28 PM
234.

@ messaggio 116

la madre dei cretini è sempre incinta e tu la rappresenti in pieno, resta con Heidi pecoraro

Posted by molisano April 10, 09 05:33 PM
235.

May God bless all survivors in Abruzzo and rest the souls of the deads.it 's been a such acatastrophy, we are so sorry! We hope that their lives will go back to normal as soon as possible.Our hearts in Greece go out to our Italian friends.

Posted by Ismene Kyriakou April 10, 09 05:33 PM
236.

I'm so sorry, what a horrible tragedy! The people of Italy...you are in my prayers.

Posted by Stephanie April 10, 09 05:57 PM
237.

I'm portuguese and I've been several times in Italy, a country I truly love, as well as its people. I'm deeply sorry for the victims of the earthquake as if they were my family. I cry with them and I pray for them. Forza! Esperanza!

Posted by Jorge April 10, 09 07:06 PM
238.

Em vossas aflições, olhai sempre para o céu. Deus ouvirá sempre e a consolação, a força e a coragem vos serão dadas.

Ulisses Fontes (BRAZIL)

Posted by Ulisses Fontes April 10, 09 07:10 PM
239.

Aqui no Brasil acompanhamos o dessastre com muita dor nos nossos corações.
Uma tragédia.
Elzinha

Posted by Elza Resende April 10, 09 07:34 PM
240.

Necesito saber de sra Ana Benedetti, sus hijas Isabella y Gabriella y de sus esposos Lucca y Vittorio respectivamente, residentes en l'Aquila y no sabemos ni hemos tenido noticias de ellos en absoluto.Apreciaria cualquier informaciòn al e-mail: godfreyrufus@gmail.com
Compartimos el dolor de nuestros hermanos en L'Aquila....

Posted by Godfrey Rufus April 10, 09 08:30 PM
241.

mi condolencia para las personas de italia que han perdido sus seres amados y que dios los bendice a todos si hay algun cubano que quiere dar noticias a familia en cuba y no saben como me pueden mandar datos y estoy mas dispuestas de ayudarlo
Que dios me los bendiga a todos

Posted by yeny rego April 10, 09 09:41 PM
242.

Watching those picture makes me realise how mother nature can be so devastating in a blink. All mi taughts are with those who lost a love one. May they find the strenght, not to accept, but to find peace in there heart in order to continue the path of life and hapiness. May god or wath ever you beleive in be with you.

Posted by Sassine Alain April 10, 09 10:21 PM
243.

My heart, soul, and prayer goes out the families of the victims. I know that through events like these, we can't see the "goodness" of God, but I believe that he is watching over them now. As it is Good Friday, I know that God is thinking of them.

God Bless.

Posted by Karen April 10, 09 11:59 PM
244.

qui non si vive più... la situazioneè tragica... siamo stati fortunati noi che stiamo bene... ma c'è ancora tanta paura...io sono di Chieti vicino L'Aquila ... le scosse continuano...anche se con intensità minore...speriamo finisca tutto presto.

Posted by Anonymous April 11, 09 04:55 AM
245.

To All,
I pray for the country of Italy, that God will be with them, in their sorrow and sadness. I pray that He will give them the strength and courage as they look to the future and rebuild their country. Lord be with you now and always.

Posted by Judy Felten April 11, 09 05:04 AM
246.

My thoughts are with the people in Italy ,my heart is crying for you ,I wish you all the strengh ,I pray for you!!!! Take care!!!

Posted by Elene Australia April 11, 09 05:32 AM
247.

Grazie, con le vostre foto mi avete fatto capire davvero cosa è successo.
Thank you, with your photos I really understood what appened

Posted by Giuseppe April 11, 09 08:28 AM
248.

ci uniamo al dolore... my friends in ofena, l'aquila are homeless. however, they are so greatful to have their lives. what strong resolve the italians have.
may God have mercy.

Posted by louise & roger new york April 11, 09 08:49 AM
249.

ES LA NATURALEZA O EL HOMBRE EL CULPABLE DE ESTAS COSAS?

CREO QUE ES EL HOMBRE EL QUE CADA DÍA DESTRUYE CON SUS MANOS LA ESTABILIDAD DE LA TIERRA...EN UNOS LADOS APARENTEMENTE RICOS CONSTRUEN ALTOS RASCACIELOS Y EN OTROS DICEN POBRES ...POCAS CASAS CON MUY POCOS ELEMENTOS ...CASI CHOZAS QUE DEMEUESTARN LA POBREZA MATERIAL.....DIGO EL HOMBRE PORQUE DESESTABILIZAN CON LAS BOMBAS LA TIERRA ENTRE OTRAS COSAS

Posted by LUIS ADRIÁN SÁNCHEZ (COLOMBIA) April 11, 09 09:01 AM
250.

Woorden schieten tekort bij het zien van zoveel leed en pijn.
Het kan een ieder overkomen en dat maakt het juist zo afschuwelijk en tegelijkertijd voel je hoe gezegend je bent dat je bespaard bent gebleven van dit grote onheil.

Posted by Erna van Heeswijk April 11, 09 09:03 AM
251.

queste fotografie mi hanno emozionato al contrario di ogni tentativo televisivo di far commuovere la gente con servizi strappalacrime conditi da musichette struggenti.
Grazie.

Posted by jess April 11, 09 09:34 AM
252.

I'm italian, I live in Lucca (Tuscany) but I lived in Boston for 7 months. Thank you all for your thoughts to Abruzzo's people. Not only L'Aquila town has been hit, but also little countries around it. More than 50.000 are without house and almost 300 people are dead. This picture can describe the horror of italians:
http://www.corriere.it/Fotogallery/Tagliate/2009/04_Aprile/10/ESE/11.JPG

Posted by Cristiano Macaluso April 11, 09 10:25 AM
253.

My heart, prayers, and thoughts go to the people of L'Aquila and the other villages and towns that have been damaged. Our prayers go to the families of the victims. May God comfort your hearts and minds.

Posted by Nancy April 11, 09 10:42 AM
254.

In 2000 my niece and I were in Cansano looking for our "roots". Can you tell me if Cansano was destroyed in the quake? I found some relatives of my grandfather there but have not been able to contact them since. They were from the Colecchi, Pinto, Cercone families.

Posted by JGreer April 11, 09 10:47 AM
255.

My prayers are with you all. May God bless and care for you all in this tradgedy.

Annie in USA

Posted by Annie Close April 11, 09 10:58 AM
256.

God bless them all

Posted by Jimmy from Thailand April 11, 09 12:10 PM
257.

God be with all at this time when we are already having stress in our lives.
Many blessings will come your way, God is not sleep he see all and he knows all. We have to believe this is his plan for us and he will see us through all the heavy burdons that are upon us.
My prayers are with you all.

Posted by Anonymous April 11, 09 12:34 PM
258.

Tuttora credo sia un incubo......voglio solo sperare che in qualche modo riuscirano a sopravivere la sofferenza e il dolore, tutta questa brava gente che a noi studenti di allora si e sempre dimostrata famiglia.....Gli stiamo vicinissimi col cuore, sono nelle nostre preghiere.....rimaniamo a loro disposizione.

Posted by Mara April 11, 09 01:43 PM
259.
Posted by Gabriele da Roma April 11, 09 03:29 PM
260.

I am so horrified and devastated at your calamity. It is impossible to grasp the level of terror you all all must have endured during these terrible days. I am so sorry. Would that I could sprout wings and fly to your aid... but know that my heart is torn by these privileged glimpses of your nightmare. To all of you who lost loved ones, my most earnest prayers and loving thoughts go out to you this day in hopes you can heal and keep your strong outlook and faith in your fellow neighbors. I am just overwhelmed by this tragedy. I just don't understand why the earth hasn't quieted down after all this time. Or why it chooses to slam such a wonderful people living quiet peaceful lives. I am so sorry! I weep for you all.

Posted by John A. Moore April 11, 09 04:25 PM
261.

this is so depressing!!!! i will pray for all the people that lost their family's lives!!!!

Posted by samantha April 11, 09 04:27 PM
262.

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone this tragedy has touched. My heart aches to see the suffering and loss of loved ones and may each of you find strength and peace.

Posted by Eleanor April 11, 09 05:05 PM
263.

When I heard about the earthquake, I immediately went on line to get more information. It's a very sad day for all people affected by this event. My thoughts are with all who suffered a loss. The people in Aquila need all the assistance that we can give. The Italian government and it's leaders must stop talking and shaking hands and get to work. The aquilani need the support not only for now but for the long term. Give them the resources and tools to rebuild their lives. Do not just talk, back it up.

Posted by mario April 11, 09 05:22 PM
264.

I'm italian, I'm here now. Thanks for everything you said, but seriously: stop using the word 'god'.

I'm talking to those who feel the need to defend their god. Say it's not his fault only if you think that when something wonderful happens is not his credit.

Posted by Giulia April 11, 09 05:51 PM
265.

We are close to you and we pray for you. A big hug

Posted by Giulia April 11, 09 05:55 PM
266.

May God help all the people that we"re involved in this devistation. May these people find peace in all of this. My hart goes out to each and everyone of them from the victims to the rescuers.

Posted by andrea April 11, 09 07:19 PM
267.

L'aquila,
Una tragedia veramente pazzesco... cari vittimi le mamme, papa, bambini, studenti...siete nei pensieri sempre e pregherie ogni serata prima di addormentarmi...
Si puo andare avanti da questo peccato. Magari speriamo, e possibile se restiamo tutti insieme.
Abbracci forti forti forti da ny

Posted by Adriana April 11, 09 08:11 PM
268.

I feel so helpless to do anything for those affected by the earthquake in Italy, all I can do is keep them in my thoughts an prayers. God Bless.

Posted by Richard G. April 11, 09 09:21 PM
269.

cari vittimi inocenti siete nei miei dolorosi pensieri.
voglio solo sperare ed haiutare che nn tutti quanti insieme con i famigliari delle vittime ci riusciamo a soportare tutto questo dolore .
io lavoro in italia dall 92 percio sono molto dispiacuto per la disgrazia a laquila
all'Aquila e i dintorni condivido con voi tutti il dolore che avete in questo momendo che Dio vi protegga a tutti!
io sono dalla macedonija e stiamo tutti quanti tristi i dispiacuti

Posted by sali April 11, 09 10:03 PM
270.

I am from the United States and want all of you to know that you are being prayed for you and your family and everyone that lost someone or many. We watch the news everyday and hope there are still survivors to be found. Just remember you are in everyones thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Tina April 11, 09 10:03 PM
271.

Words are not enough to convey my feelings to the people of L'Aquila. I wish I could help by volunteering other than just giving monetary aid =( There are children and senior citizens amongst the survivors who need more than just money right now. Food, clean water, warm clothings.. Pic 27 is heart breaking, but I pray he's strong enough to continue saving lives. God bless

Posted by Jessica April 12, 09 12:47 AM
272.

Cari abbruzzesi, solo voi potete rissentire il dolore che vi tocca ma sapiate che tentiamo di dividerlo perchè possiamo immaginare.

Posted by Cleto Meraglia April 12, 09 04:28 AM
273.

@ 109 Gianluca
Berlusconi is making his own personal show as every other single politician that keeps arriving in th affected area.
He and his crew are not able to stop thinking about politic intrests now!
There is no money for Abruzzo and the italian Prime Minister refused international aid and does not even want to stop the ridiculous project of the Stretto di Messina Bridge... which should become the longest bridge in Europe built in the most seismic region of the continet! And this bridge should be paid by italian contributors!
We need to help Abruzzo and its people now.

Posted by madda April 12, 09 11:21 AM
274.

Somehow the news of the tragedy in L'Aquila touched me more than other news of sad events happening in the world.

I am curious to know more about the scientist who tried to warn people, even driving a truck with a loud speaker through the streets of L'Aquila announcing the impending danger. I believe I might have been watching CNN when I saw that particular part of the horrible news, but it was not mentioned again. I wonder if there is a more detailed report about that.

Posted by Brigitte April 12, 09 02:43 PM
275.

God, my God help all those human beings, they are suffering so much!! It was a big tragedy and we must be solidary

Posted by Zita Morgado April 12, 09 02:51 PM
276.

What happened was absolutely terrible. My deepest condolences go out to every one affected by the earthquakes.

TO THE BOSTON GLOBE: Why is that it's okay to see pictures of dead Iraqi children but not okay to see a single morally wounded Italian? Have we grown so numb and insensitive to the third world?

Posted by Juan-David April 12, 09 03:41 PM
277.

Sono veramente triste con la tragedia di Laquila. In Brasile preghiamo per tutti che soffre. Dio sta presente in questo momento tragico.

Posted by Giovanni Wilton April 12, 09 04:05 PM
278.

I post from Pescara a coast town in Abruzzo. Here we have L'Aquila people without house in the hotels and we're searching to help them in all way possible.

Tha'ts a tragedy 300 hundred died people. Here we feel new eartquake every day almost 2/3 a day. it's surreal, we're tired to be in allert every second we hope this tragedy end soon.


Thanks a lot for all your prayers and donations.

Posted by Matteo April 12, 09 05:43 PM
279.

RIP

Posted by Pablo April 12, 09 05:56 PM
280.

Thanks for these images, they are real and don't belong to any politic colour. I'm Italian and I don't believe to the images of our media. I only believe to the woman who I helped to escape from the hell. Now she is in Rome and helping her to start again a new life I'm sure I'll help Abruzzo. I appreciate very much your support.
Giovanna d'Amato

Posted by Giovanna d'Amato April 12, 09 06:19 PM
281.

JAM PREJ MAQEDONIJE DHE PUNOJ NE ITALI .ME VJEN SHUM KEQ PER TRAGJEDIN QE NDODHI NE LAQUILA TE ABRUCES.
NE ME TE GJITHE BASHKE PUNTORET QE JEMI NE ITALI DHE MAQEDONI JEMI SEBASKU ME JU PER TA NDARE SEBASHKU DHIMBJEN E FAMILAJAREVE QE HUMBEN BIRAT NENAT MOTRAT DHE FEMIJT E TYRE.
GJITHASHTU JU DERGOJM NGUSHLLIME NE FAMILJEN E TE VDEKURVE DHE KORAZH PER FAMILJARET E TYRE.KJO TRAGJEDI SDO TE HARIHET KURE.
SALI DZABIRI BOLZANO MACEDONIJA SKOPJE

Posted by SALI DZABIRI April 12, 09 07:12 PM
282.

My name is Giacomina Pasquali, I live in Hamilton, Ontario Canada....I send my best wishes to my brothers and sisters in L'aquila, and to all my relatives in the city.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Giacomin Pasquali April 12, 09 07:50 PM
283.

Thank God that they are alive? Why didn't they ask God, why murder so many of their family members? What have they done to displease him? Why is God so horribly cruel? Why blame God? Is he responsible?

Posted by e khoe April 12, 09 09:00 PM
284.

My prayers and thoughts are with you especially at this time of the Easter Season. May God console and comfort you . (The Abbruzzo disaster)
Riccardo, St. Catharines, Canada

Posted by Riccardo April 12, 09 10:19 PM
285.

I have all the Italians touched by this tragedy in my heart and my mind. I wish them courage and strength to continue in hope and faith.

I hope the authorities will help them build their lives, no home, no jobs, no families or friends, neighbours, a big question in their minds. What to do now, how to rebuild and where to start?

It is also the emotional and mental anguish of the feeling of loss and dispair, helpless.maybe lon

Posted by Carolina Torres April 13, 09 01:55 AM
286.

Giorgia Aleandri - My Prayers are with you, your family and every one in L'Aquila _ ARE YOU OK ring me Gail Headley Aust

Posted by Gail Headley April 13, 09 04:59 AM
287.

via XX settembre, palazzo selli, san berardino, via dei sabini, casa vecchioli, le signore della mensa, palazzo camponeschi, le 99 cannelle, i "quatrani", i quattro cantoni, parco del sole, gli amici di cui alcuni con la A maiuscola... vi ringrazio per tutto quello che mi deste e che mi darete. vi abbraccio tutti.

Posted by leonardo April 13, 09 06:14 AM
288.

I pray to GOD to give Peace and Strength to everyone in L'Aquila .

Posted by Chitrasen April 13, 09 10:00 AM
289.

May God be with you all!

I wish a lot of courage and strenght to all of you. Our hearts and thoughts are with you.
I burst into tears when I saw nr 24.

Posted by Natty April 13, 09 10:41 AM
290.

There are no words to express the heartbreak I feel for those who have endured this tragedy and great loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the people who have lost so much. May God uphold you as you move forward and rebuild your lives. There are no answers. Know that there are people all over this world upholding you in prayer.

Posted by Cortney April 13, 09 11:37 AM
291.

jjs in #174 articulately reflects my experience and feelings -- I also worked in L'Aquila in mid to late 90s, often joined in that after dinner ritual stroll, with my colleagues and their husbands and kids. I too became inordinately fond of the place and the people -- probably the most balanced place I've ever known, in so many ways-- beautiful, peaceable, industrious. Tragic that this place and these lives should be struck so randomly and brutally.

Posted by bmmc April 13, 09 12:13 PM
292.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to our friends in L'Aquila (the Hibo and Melone families). Although both families suffered the loss of their homes, thankfully they are OK. Others were not so blessed. Were it not for the immortality of the soul, the sting of death would be unbearable. L'Aquila, we are deeply sorry for your loss.

Posted by Robert April 13, 09 12:44 PM
293.

as a mexican who lived the 1985 earthquake in my city i fell so sad for those people whose lost relatives, friends and their homes. i hope the italian goberment knows to give the help without uses the politic. please receive my prayers.

Posted by german torres April 13, 09 02:31 PM
294.

my heard with the italien people
we as jews and israelies, would like to halp italy in the hard time.

Posted by Dori Jungmann April 13, 09 03:31 PM
295.

I PRAY TO GOD TO STRENGHEN AND GIVE YOU ALL THE COURAGE TO BIULD A NEW BEGINNING FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE THERE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD HE WILL BE BY YOUR SIDE, GOD BLESS

Posted by LUCY D'ANDREA April 13, 09 04:22 PM
296.

sono a pensare con voi et io fa una preghiera per tutta le personne nella dolore; io penso molto a tutti

Posted by Belle Marie Hélène April 13, 09 05:09 PM
297.

Love and sympathy from northern California.

Posted by Ben Rosengart April 13, 09 08:32 PM
298.

All my prayers are for a quick relief and healing of the scars. May God look mercifully to all who have lost everything and help them recover as much as they had.

Posted by Jorge Munguambe April 14, 09 02:20 AM
299.

Meu desejo era que tudo isto que aconteceu fosse apenas um sonho, meus maiores sentimentos a todas familias das vitimas desta tragédia e que Deus vos abençoe.Vicente Namarrói

Posted by Vicente Namarrói April 14, 09 03:36 AM
300.

horrible tragedy. Riposino in pace

Posted by romina April 14, 09 07:18 AM
301.

We feel so useless at this time we can only offer our simpathy and prayers. We have a small house in Fossa, and are planning to live there one day we love the region of Abruzzo, as it is so Italian. The people are so friendly. Our thoughts are with the people we have so far meet. We intend to visit asap and help in any way we can.

Posted by Andy Yolland April 14, 09 12:11 PM
302.

Our Prayers are with you.

Posted by JimMurdocco April 14, 09 04:13 PM
303.

I am sooooooooooo sad. my father's family grew up in Italy and so did my Grandma. They were devistated when they heard about the earthquake!

Posted by John Jones April 14, 09 06:08 PM
304.

É MUITO DIFICIL PRA MIM OLHAR E ACREDITAR QUE REALMENTE ACONTECEU PARECE MAIS UM FILME ,MAS EU SEI QUE NÃO É QUE PESSOAS ESTÃO SOFRENDO ..E FAMILIARES TBM ,POR ESTOU AQUI PARA PEDIR A DEUS, QUE CONFORTO E MUITAS FORÇA A TODAS ESSAS PESSOAS QUE SOBREVIVERAM...QUE CONSIGAM SE REEGUER E CONTINUAR A VIDA....
CLAUDETE DE SOUZA GONÇALVES

Posted by CLAUDETE April 14, 09 08:47 PM
305.

The pictures are very powerfull and make me realize the depth of this tragedy
We have been so fortunate here in Canada and pray for all of you .
. Our deepest sympathy to all those effected You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Carol April 14, 09 10:29 PM
306.

Hoe vreselijk is dit toch alles, ik krijg een brok in mijn keel bij het zien van al dit leed,eigenlijk heb ik woorden te kort om mijn deelneming te betuigen. Veel moed voor de overblijvende slachtoffers, rechtkrabbelen zal moeilijk , maar héél noodzakelijk zijn.

Posted by myriam lamot April 15, 09 01:59 AM
307.

Nunca se sabe o que dizer nestas horas...
Apenas posso dizer que sinto muito e que me parte o coração ao ver estas imagens.
Deixo a todas as vítimas coragem e esperança para dias melhores.

Posted by Marina Resende April 15, 09 11:07 AM
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The devastation is inconceivable.......my heart, thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have lost and pray for the courage and comfort that you will need in the days to come. Gob bless you all.

Posted by Giovanna Coverini, Montreal Canada April 15, 09 03:03 PM
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SENTIMENTOS DOS BRASILEIROS ...... MAS TENHAM FÉ EM DEUS QE TUDO VAI PASSAR...E VOCES VÃO ESQUEÇER....

Posted by BRAZIL April 15, 09 07:36 PM
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Impossibile guardare queste foto senza piangere.

Posted by Anellidifumo April 16, 09 12:22 AM
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Perché i bambini muoiono?

Posted by Marc April 16, 09 05:27 AM
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Continuem a mexer com a Natureza e a Invadir o espaço exterior. Nós nascemos na terra sem nada. PAREM

Posted by Miguel Almeida - Porto - Portugal April 16, 09 05:45 AM
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Ik hoop dat de mensen rap terug een onderdak krijgen,als de paus nu een goed hart heeft????????HOOP IK DAT DE KERKFABRIEK FINANCIEEL DE GETROFFEN MENSEN HELPT EN ONDERDAK GEEFD HET VATIEKAAN IS GROOT GENOEG.................

Posted by ROLANDTIp April 16, 09 07:19 AM
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Non ci sono parole per descrivere quello che sento, queste fotografie mi hanno tolto il respiro,condivido con voi il grande dolore. Vi sono vicino con tutto il cuore

Posted by Elena Sancin April 16, 09 10:29 AM
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My solemn condolences to the loved ones of the victims.
May the Lord shower comfort and blessings to all those affected.

Posted by Cathy April 18, 09 06:38 AM
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Je suis de Montréal, Québec, Canada! Toute ma famille se joint à moi pour vous offrir toute l'aide spirituelle dont vous avez besoin. Nous prions très fort pour vous et compatissons à votre désolation. Que Dieu vous bénisse et vous aide à surmonter ce désarroi. Il y a toujours des lendemains plus heureux. Ayez confiance, Jésus vous accompagne dans ce malheur.

Posted by Micheline René April 18, 09 06:51 PM
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My sincere and solemn condolences to all the family members and loved ones of the victims of this tragidy. May the good Lord comfort them in these very sorrow times.

Posted by Casey April 18, 09 10:34 PM
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My Husband's dad, Romeo Marziani came from this town to South Africa in the second world war. he never went back. Does he still have family there? have they been in the earthquake. Please email me is you are family of Romeo Marziani.

My husband is Romeo Antonio Marziani

Posted by Juliana Marziani April 19, 09 06:15 AM
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Dit is met geen woorden te beschrijven, ik hoop dat deze mensen een goede opvang zullen krijgen, helaas staan wij zo machteloos tegenover natuurgeweld.
Mijn welgemeende deelneming.

Posted by Daisy April 19, 09 07:29 AM
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@Juliana Marziani and everyone could be interested in,
here it is a list of dead people in L Aquila
http://peppecaridi2.wordpress.com/2009/04/09/i-nomi-delle-vittime-del-terremoto-abruzzese-elenco-provvisorio/

Posted by Jumpaolo April 19, 09 09:21 AM
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As an abruzzese living in Canada, my heart felt sympathies goes to the families that have lost their loved ones. For those who have lost their home and personal belongings, I wish you courage and strength to continue your lives.

Posted by Enzo D"Adamo April 19, 09 11:53 AM
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To authorities of all world.
It is fundamental to know causes and not consequences of earthquakes.
Monitoring radon and helium gas upwelling is a suitable tool to predict earthquakes as studied by Dr. Gioacchino Giampaolo Giuliani from Gran Sasso Laboratory in Italy.
Earthquakes probably have strong relation to gas displacement deep within the earth as already said by Dr. Thomas Gold (Astrophysicist).

Posted by Joaquim Joao Paulo Julio April 19, 09 09:38 PM
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My condolescences go out to all those who lost their loved ones. My prayers are for those who have survived. Please take heart and continue to believe in God. He is our Creator and He will help you to re-build your lives.

God Bless You All

Posted by Kaina Mukelabai April 19, 09 10:45 PM
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Sorry

Posted by Anonymous April 20, 09 09:59 AM
325.

this was a bad earthquake and i feel sorry for the people who died

Posted by Anonymous April 20, 09 10:03 AM
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Essa cidade é linda ...vi algumas passagens no filme o Feitiço de Aquila ..maravilhosa que pena ..espero que o Governo restaure-a para que continue bela ..aos seus habitantes meus pessames pelas perdas irreparáveis.

Posted by Edilayne Lopes April 20, 09 05:22 PM
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Sinceras condolências.

Posted by Manuel Reis April 21, 09 06:02 AM
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Het is vreselijjk, gezinnen die uiteengerukt worden van de ene minuut in de andere.
Waarom moet dit allemaal gebeuren?
Ik hoop dat ze elkaar kunnen steunen in deze moeilijke tijden.
Hopelijk hebben ze snel weer een thuis.
Ik bid voor jullie allen

Posted by Thoen Annie April 21, 09 06:35 AM
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Que Deus saiba onde colocar as pessoas perdidas nesta tragédia.
A compaixão humana não tem barreiras quando se trata de ajudar vítimas de tragédias como esta.
Santificado seja o vosso nome e em nome de todos que se foram durante este terremoto.
Dai força aos parentes e amigos das vítimas.
Legítimamente,

Posted by Sérgio Eduardo Urt Almeida de Moraes April 21, 09 02:17 PM
330.

Magnificent photos-thanks for sharing and the comment, too, by the photographer whose work appeared in National Geographic. It's always good to have another source with which to refer.
These photos reminded me of footage a friend of my uncle's shared, in the latter's home, of the volcanic eruption he filmed in Hawaiian Islands(don't recall year, but it was over 50 yrs ago). The former said the heat was so great they had to fly over a mile above the spewing debris-striking photos of strength and devastation.
People might be interested in websites which list and show photos of active volcanoes and list their attributes including last eruptions-fascinating

Posted by PANNA JANI April 21, 09 04:33 PM
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triste per i tanti morti... spero che le sofferenze siano di breve durata.

Posted by pasqi - zurigo - switzerland April 21, 09 06:12 PM
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I grew up in L'Aquila during my teens and was there last year in August. It was a beautiful experience. I had not had the chance to appreciate its beauty for several years. My wife and I had just been driving through Tuscany and Emilia, yet Abruzzo was lovely. The people as well, of course.

Being with uncles, aunts and cousins was wonderful and peaceful.

I had a special experience in the Basilica of Collemaggio and vowed to go back again. It is now badly damaged, but we will go back I am sure. We are trying to help with fundraising, here in Adelaide.

PS. Photo No 17 is mislabelled. The photo is clearly in the central square (modern building is the central post office and the statue is part of a fountain, there are two in the square) and the church is more likely 'Anime Sante' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Maria_del_Suffragio_(L'Aquila)


Posted by Antonio Dottore April 22, 09 07:55 AM
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It's unbelieveble..... these pictures......oh my dear Lord.....give mercy.....
My heart and my prays are with them.....

Posted by Timothea from Greece April 22, 09 11:08 AM
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what an enormous tradgity my cusin died in the earthquake i reach out to the familys of those whom have a lost x

Posted by Anonymous April 22, 09 04:00 PM
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sorrii xxx

Posted by rikki hines April 23, 09 09:43 AM
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Thanks.....i want say just THANKS. (VALENTINA, PSYCHOLOGY VOLUNTEER L'AQUILA)

Posted by Valentina Sebastiani April 23, 09 10:57 AM
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Answer to Rufus: they are all alive!

Posted by marco morante April 23, 09 05:06 PM
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My hearty condolense and prayres to the frinds ,family and raltives of all those who passed away and wounded in this tragedy.

Posted by Bobby Jose,Kerala ,India April 24, 09 02:29 AM
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Tutta L'ITALIA è con VOI !!
E Grazie a TUTTI COLORO CHE SONO LI AD AIUTARE !!!

Posted by Andy Black April 24, 09 02:58 PM
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I visted L'Aquila twice... the last time was with my son. It's a very nice city so both my son and I are astounded by the devastation wrecked by the earthquake. I have relatives living in both L'Aquila and nearby San Pio della Camere and am glad they are alive. I hope that they can return to stronger, rebuilt houses very soon. Our thoughts are with them.

Posted by Paul, Auckland, New Zealand April 24, 09 07:16 PM
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Espero que um dia tudo volte dentro do possível ao normal,e que todos os que perderam a vida descansem em paz.

Posted by _voke_ ,Portugal April 24, 09 07:24 PM
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Questo terremoto, per chi lo può raccontare, è stata stata una esperienza terribile. Le foto testimoniano il dolore ed il disastro, ma vedere dal vivo quei luoghi è anche peggio. Una bella città con tanta gente gioviale è ora deserto, distruzione, tristezza. Il cuore piange. Però, nel profondo del nostro animo noi tutti sappiamo che ce la possiamo fare, che dobbiamo ripartire, riniziare la vita, dobbiamo riprenderci la nostra vita e la nostra città. Quindi forza ragazzi, asciughiamo le lacrime e rimbocchiamo le maniche. Un bacio a tutti.

Posted by Anonymous April 25, 09 04:29 AM
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Lieve mensen in Italia,
Ik wens jullie heel veel moed en sterkte ,in deze zeer moeilijke dagen.
Niemand zou dit eigenlijk mogen meemaken, maar de natuur kan mooi maar ook heel hard zijn. Zoek steun bij elkaar, en ik zal elk dag aan jullie denken, en een kaars branden, voor de mensen die overleden zijn, en voor de mensen doe zoveel verdriet hebben. Als ik dit jaar naar Italia kom, zal ik zeker naar L'aquila komen om mijn steun te betuigen. Ik wens het allerbeste voor jullie allemaal.


Posted by Maria Van Der Auwera April 25, 09 01:24 PM
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oh my god ! that is so sad especially that fire fighter finds his daughter dead

Posted by chelsea April 25, 09 01:27 PM
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346.

queste foto spiegano molto meglio di tante parole la tragedia che stiamo vivendo...
che Dio ci aiuti.....se c'è un Dio.

Posted by rossella April 26, 09 09:21 AM
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LACRIME LACRIME LACRIME perchè tutto questo!
UN "DOLCE PENSIERO" A TUTTI......
NATALIA NURZIA

Posted by NATALIA NURZIA April 26, 09 11:24 AM
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quelle tristesse que de malheur la nature ne fait pas bien les choses

Posted by Anonymous April 27, 09 05:03 AM
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i wish them all the help they can get and hope there lives can be turned back to normal ASAP!

Posted by MR BUTLER, ENGLAND April 27, 09 11:18 AM
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I wish my cousins there safe

Posted by Jocelyn April 27, 09 03:35 PM
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i'm so sad , i dont have words for this.........!!!!!!!!

Posted by john April 27, 09 04:44 PM
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Incredible photography-exactly what i wouldhave expected from the BG

Posted by Georgia mcgurl April 27, 09 06:59 PM
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I cant possibly describe how i feel about this tradgety. I may never know how it feels to loose so much. Although i pray for all your saftey. I hpe lots more survivours are found and cared for to aid all the sad mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and all famliy and friends are living in the nightmare i hope no one ever has again. The death toll was way to high for any one.

Posted by Nathan April 28, 09 05:30 AM
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why would you put these weird pictures on hear these are desturbing

Posted by sam April 28, 09 01:30 PM
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I theink that the earthquake was devastating to many but i hope the can start rebilding as soon as posabel!

Posted by Sunny April 29, 09 08:59 AM
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my family lives in Castel Paganica which is about 20 minutes away from Laquila and they can still feel aftershocks and small earthquakes and sam do not speak, because people like you represent the people who shouldn't be living, this person put the pictures on the web so they can share the emotions of how bad this earthquake really was, and that most countries are not doing anything to help.

Posted by Ricardo April 29, 09 09:13 AM
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Shake, Shake, Shake Shake Sh Shake It. Okaii That Was SO Not Necessary. Uhum

Amen.

Posted by Cheese And Pandora April 30, 09 06:53 AM
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To the brave and beloved people of this tragic event. Know my heart and soul are there with you. I was in L'Aquila 2 times in last 4 years. Last year there was a puppet show for the children in main square. I want to explain so that you will not think that God did this to His people. Earth's crust is moving beneath your feet b/c Earth is a dynamic planet. Tension builds up and eventually must be released. The area has many tectonic faults & is the reason for the earthquake. The Appen -nine Mntns. are undergoing extension. I'm a geologist in love with Italy & her people. Italian people are strong. You will build your lives again, better days will come!!!

Posted by Florence Katrivanos April 30, 09 09:04 PM
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wow i didnt know that earthquakes could cause so much damage

Posted by carla May 1, 09 11:29 AM
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elowwwwwwwwwww

Posted by rica May 1, 09 04:40 PM
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AS A 79 YEAR OLD Cercone man whose ancestors i believe were a prominient family in Aquila and I believe still are[ whether they are prominient or not doesn't really matter does it]? my heart and emotions so call out to the Cercone's and everyone else in the devastated earthquake area . Why dear and mighty Lord would you allow such beautiful beautiful people that supposedly you created to suffer so? Do we really anger you that very much? Have we not suffered enough because of Adam and Eve? When are you going to reach out and stop the increasing maddness and chaos of our earthly world??

Posted by Nick Cercone May 2, 09 07:37 AM
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Thousand of Thanks to Us reporters and journalists for your job.

Posted by Nicola Facciolini May 2, 09 09:05 AM
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multa saude a tutti...forza...forza...mui forza...Deus...ajudará no futuro

Posted by Anonymous May 3, 09 05:39 PM
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tragic sights, sadness grips the heart of anyone who would see the images of the devastation that has killed hundreds of people in L' Aquila, a lovely city that can be traced from the rubble.

from the philippines, my sympathy to the people of L' Aquila. my prayer for the rebuilding of the city and the lives shattered by the earthquake. continue to have faith in God. He will not leave your side, let Him do his miracle. love and light,

Edwin Cordevilla


Posted by Edwin M. Cordevilla May 3, 09 10:43 PM
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que buenas fotos, estan chevere chevere chevere tendre que investigar acerca de aquila y ese suceso asi podre ver mas haya de las fotos. espero puedan traducir esto saludos desde slp mex.

Posted by Rolando Estrada Saavedra May 4, 09 10:22 PM
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Cari Amici Italiani, siamo con voi in questa tragedia incomprensibile, Vi auguro di avere la forza per sopportarla e ricostruire questo bellissimo paese.
Sto disperatamente cercando i miei amici de L' Aquila, la Famiglia Vecchioli: Sig. e Sig.ra Agostino Vecchioli e Fabio Vecchioli. Vi prego, se qualcuno ne sa, mi informi all' indirizzo zoltan.ackermann@freemail.hu
Un abbraccio forte di tutto il mio cuore a tutti voi!

Miklos Viktoria (L'Ungheria)

Posted by Miklos Viktoria May 5, 09 04:42 AM
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Im really sorry to hear that 40 people were killed and after i went on this website then i do feel very upset for people died and if that was me then i wouldn't be hapy as people wern't in the first place and i do feel sory for the little kids as there mums orr dads could be stuck in the roofs where they have clapsed R.I.P to all the people what are dead because off that earth quake.

Posted by chelsea oldman May 5, 09 09:09 AM
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#6 is unbelievable

Posted by Rachel Simons May 5, 09 06:02 PM
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Im so sad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by sydney kilgore May 5, 09 10:55 PM
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I was there that night, I experienced the earthquake. He was a devastating thing, I lost a dear friend. I have taken a great fear, a feeling that does not wish it on anyone. The noise of the earthquake was terrifying, the wall seemed to break, all trembling, all fell to the ground. has spent a month, I am sad in my heart. I studied at L'AQUILA, I loved L'AQUILA, now was not anything. My thoughts go to those who no longer live and to my dear friend NICOLA.

Posted by Silvio Rap May 6, 09 06:20 AM
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É de lamentar tudo isto!
Mas ninguém têm culpa das partidas que a natureza nos prega!
Enfim... há que ter calma, reflectir sobre a vida e seguir o caminho em frente, embora nos custe muito mas temos que continuar caminho fora!
Sentimentos pelos entequeridos e as melhoras a todos os feridos.
Um bem haja!
Mário Neves - Beja - Portugal.

Posted by Mário Neves May 6, 09 05:44 PM
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É de lamentar tudo isto!
Mas ninguém têm culpa das partidas que a natureza nos prega!
Enfim... há que ter calma, reflectir sobre a vida e seguir o caminho em frente, embora nos custe muito mas temos que continuar caminho fora!
Sentimentos pelos entequeridos e as melhoras a todos os feridos.
Um bem haja!
Mário Neves - Beja - Portugal.

Posted by Mário Neves May 6, 09 05:45 PM
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see INGV's preliminary studies and damage survey on the l'Aquila seismic sequence on GoogleEarth:

http://code.google.com/p/ingvkml4apr9earthquake/

Posted by Lucap May 7, 09 04:14 AM
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awesome

Posted by jayden May 8, 09 12:47 AM
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in hope the people are ok and there houses are getting made again

Posted by hahahaha May 8, 09 08:29 AM
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marianna, vale ... thank you live, Ti Amo per sempre, Mi Manchi da morire... God Bless Everyone

Posted by Ro May 8, 09 06:09 PM
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Que Deus acolha todas a vitimas em seu Seio e as acalente como as familias que ainda se encontram aqui na Terra.
Deus sabe o que faz.

Sinceras condolencias às familias das vitimas

Posted by Marcos Leao de Carvalho May 10, 09 02:18 AM
378.

I cannot express the pain that I feel for the people of this region. Being Italian is not the reason I write - it is to reach out into the hearts of the people who lost loved ones- and who are coming to terms with the magnitude of this tragedy. Around the world we see so much devestation and yes- as a Christian I ask God many questions. I hold you all dear in my heart every man, woman and child. In your isolated times of grief and thought's may I just say that Ti amo molto....

Posted by robert cagnetta May 11, 09 05:45 AM
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Dio benedica le famiglie per le loro perdite in questa tragedia

Posted by Aaron Carrico May 12, 09 04:44 AM
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Destino e necessita' volle che lasciassi la mia bella Aquila 53 anni fa'! Ora che ero pronto per ritornare alla mi citta'natale non cé'rimasto niente dove tornare!
Franco De Simone,un aquilano!

Posted by Franco De Simone May 17, 09 08:09 PM
381.

I was devastated to hear about the destruction in L'Aquila. I visted my family there and loved it so much. My relatives are the LALLI family and I pray they are all safe.Our thoughts and prayers are with all.

Posted by Sandra Lalli DeLaurentis May 17, 09 10:21 PM
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I feel so sorry for them....im doing a project on this.....i hope their homes are rebuilt soon.

Posted by FunkyMunkey May 18, 09 08:02 AM
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sad

Posted by dae May 18, 09 04:59 PM
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soory for all have happed to guys

Posted by miranda allen May 19, 09 12:46 PM
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That is like so sad; all those dead bodies and espacially the picture where the fire fighter found his dead daughter. i feel sorry for these people and am glad some survived (: '

Posted by Chelsea McGill May 22, 09 05:57 AM
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that is soo sad. People finding their daughters and sons dead. And for all the daughters and sons that found their family members dead and have nobody to speak to, it was such a beautiful town tooo ..

Posted by Charlotte May 22, 09 05:58 AM
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Per tutta la famiglia Giannetti da S. Eusanio Forconese e L'Aquila...amore da la tua cugina in USA. Diana Giannetti-Kron

Posted by Diana Giannetti-Kron May 24, 09 05:39 PM
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Non ho parole per tutti voi che avete vissuto questa esperienza... Non avevo visto le immagini e veramente sono commosso. Benedetti tutti e abbiate forza, sono momenti difficili ma si devono superare... cosi e la vita. Un forte abbraccio a tutti da me e mia famiglia da qui di Caracas, Venezuela.

Posted by Amedeo Angelo Di Nunzio Sossi May 31, 09 10:51 AM
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Fico decepcionado ao ver estas fotos, se apanhava um sítio, a cidade onde joga o Juventus e o estádio delle api ficaria destroçado.

Peço a deus que lhe sustente as almas

Posted by Shwinstiger June 2, 09 01:16 PM
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I felt like crying looking at these photographs.
Very touching and painful.

Posted by Franceska June 3, 09 12:21 AM
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it is very painfull. after looking 2 pictures i felt crying.
may god help them 2 bulid again such a lovely town

Posted by siddharth June 3, 09 08:23 AM
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Sono molto orgogliosa degli Aquilani come si comportono. Sono sicura che il loro coragio e' infinito e con l'aiuto di Dio recostruiranno L'Aquila meglio di prima.

Gli Aquilani sono persone prudenti e laboriose. May God help l'Aquila and the rest of the the Abbruzzi. We love you

Posted by maria June 4, 09 08:18 PM
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My thoughts go to all of you god bless
from denmark

Posted by thomas stegler June 12, 09 06:07 AM
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My deepest sympathy to all the families. You are in my prayers.
My great-grandfather and great-grandmother, Felice and Bambina DeRamo and grandfather and grandmother, Joseph and Christina (Capone) DeRamo were from L'Aquila before coming to the United States around the 1920s.

Posted by Jane June 13, 09 08:03 PM
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IT was a bashfulI shock when i heard AND WATCHED that some of our FILIPINO SISTERS AND BROTHERS WERE BASHFULLY AFFECTED AND NO HOUSE TO LIVE IN BUT IN A CAMP.. LETS'S CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THE RECOVERY OF ALL.

Posted by GOLDA MAE PAY-ONG June 13, 09 09:00 PM
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OMG
im glad some one put this up cuz i have a report to do about italy's natural disasters SO THANX heres a bunny () ()
( '.' )
-( )-
oo

Posted by Joseph Parkinson June 14, 09 09:20 PM
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im so sorry for everybodys lose and i hope everyone who survived will get well soon and italy will be back on its feet in no time.

Posted by sophie finnigan June 15, 09 04:34 AM
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I know no one, nor do I know anyone who knows anyone, from Italy. However, despite my disconnection from this, I still feel for you, for every victim or survivor. I am sorry for any loss, and you are in my prayers.

Posted by Kestrel June 15, 09 06:15 AM
399.

# 6 is cute....and #27 almost made me cry...

Posted by Roberto Carrillo June 18, 09 09:02 PM
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These powerful photos hits a nerve and the heart not really knowing how devistating this tragedy is. It is important to pass this on to as people as possible.

Posted by Bob Waterall June 24, 09 12:30 PM
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My Mother and Father were from Abruzzi. If they were alive today-I would imagine how they would feel after seeing their birth place destroyed and the suffering that abounds in the region. I am their son and am old (83) but feel as if Abruzzi was my home though born in the US. My feelings run h igh and wish I were younger to aid in some way to help those in dire need. But infirmaty has crippled me and all I can do is suffer with them in silence. My Love and hope for the future of Abruzzi will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Frank Di Egidio July 9, 09 04:17 PM
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nastey


Posted by Anonymous July 10, 09 06:48 AM
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Dear Friends,
I am a doctor from L'Aquila, after the sadness of this terrible event we are trying to rebuild our city. Thank you all for your words of hope. What we experienced and we are experiencing is terrible, but the beautiful part of this city will rise again. Thanks.

Posted by Franco Marinangeli July 18, 09 07:55 AM
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yes, sure your city rise again because not is the first time that these city suffer earthquake, so I know that soon these city will be beautiful and peaceful again. My best wishes for these people and special wishes to my friend and his family Martin's

Posted by Caridad July 22, 09 12:16 PM
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May the grace of God be with them all, there, our thoughts and prayers are with them all, however man must help himself. I trust that goverments move swiftly to rebuild and accomodate, as the Italian summer will be quickly replaced with the cold of winter. I have family over the in L, Aquila and Arango, famiglia Pulsoni.
We in Australia offer ourselves to accomodate our relatives if the goverments will allow passage or sponsor loved ones in their time of need, because I fear that time will run out and rebuilding will take many years to come, Iam quite certain that this offer will be accomodated throughtout other parts of the world.

Posted by Joe Gagliardi July 28, 09 04:07 AM
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I pray that our family, tthe Ranalli family has survived this catastrophic event. I hope to come to A'quila soon and hope to see them.

Posted by Gloria Ranalli Fernandes August 13, 09 03:01 PM
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altro che buon ferragosto...co ste immagini non c' è prtoprio nulla da festeggiare...ma cosa ci è successo il 6 aprile?se qualcuno sa la risposta mi aiutasse a capire!!!scusate ma non ci riesco...

Posted by forte claudio August 14, 09 03:01 PM
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TO THE RANALLI FAMILY WE WILL SEE YOU IN OCTOBER MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL TRIED MANY TIMES TO CONTACT YOU TO NO AVAIL. FROM GLORIA AND JAY FERNANDEZ/ FERNANDO RANALLI DAUGHTER.

Posted by Anonymous August 21, 09 05:45 PM
409.

l'aquila tornerà a volare

Posted by valentino August 26, 09 02:51 AM
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After more than 5 month from the catastrophic event we went trough, it's very hard looking at these pictures, something deep inside start rising, leaving you without breath, my thoughts run from your childhood to an imaginary future hard to define.

Posted by Giorgio Masciocchi August 28, 09 10:02 AM
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Fatevi coraggio tutti gli ONNESI che le cose vanno a migliorare molto presto.Oggi avete ricevuto le chiavi delle casette prefabbricate,buona fortuna allavvenire FORZA FORZA che sara' come prima,i migliori auguri da chi sempre vi pensa Roberto Paolucci.

Posted by Roberto Paolucci September 14, 09 11:14 PM
412.

awwwwwwwwwwww that is so sad

Posted by bouitye September 15, 09 12:11 AM
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wow

Posted by alex September 17, 09 12:29 PM
414.

sorry dudes real shame that had top happen i send my condolances

Posted by Anonymous September 21, 09 09:28 PM
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so verry sorry

Posted by Anonymous September 24, 09 07:55 PM
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I'm from L'aquila and now I live in an hotel in Giulianova (Km 90 from L'Aquila); I'd like to have some information about the pictures and how i can have its or if exist a book whit theese photos.

Posted by Gianluca September 26, 09 04:01 PM
417.

I am a descendent of the Castelli Family from the area, my Great Aunt "Lizzy" Castelli-Santarelli, was the postmistress in Tussio nearby. I understand that her adopted children and their children lived in L'Aquila. I do not as yet know your names, but know that I am seeking you out, and my heart is broken for your suffering and harm this earthquake has caused.

I plan to come to you this coming year, I will see what I can do to be of help when I do so!

My Love, prayers and blessings are with you, and all others who have endured this tragedy as well!

Rev. Michael David S. Severson :-)

Posted by Michael David S. Severson October 9, 09 08:52 PM
418.

i have to do a school project on thsi earthquake but i just can't stop crying it's so sad ;-(

Posted by Alice October 11, 09 10:44 AM
419.

that is so sad i wish i could give to them people

Posted by mia October 26, 09 02:11 PM
420.

..come una guerra vera,dove si muore veramente,e muoiono il luoghi dove abbiamo lasciato i ricordi. Come una vera guerra, ma dove l'avversario e' la nostra terra.

Posted by gianni November 10, 09 06:51 PM
421.

that is horrible

Posted by blake November 13, 09 12:35 PM
422.

my good!

Posted by Peter November 16, 09 01:13 PM
423.

I'm a civil protection volonteer and I spent two months in abruzzo , I want thanks the great people of Abruzzo. Thank you for your strength of spirit.
I hope...I'm sure that L'Aquila'll turn to fly!!!

Posted by A volunteer November 19, 09 08:24 AM
424.

grazie a tutto il mondo che ci ha aiutato e sostenuto nell'immediatezza del disatro e nei mesi successivi, in questi momenti capisci veramente che la vita va vissuta fino in fondo, e non stravolta con guerre fame e distruzione e morte ,noi uomini di tutto il mondo possiamo aiutarci e convivere insieme per tutta la vita , grazie a tutti

Posted by marco raniero December 3, 09 11:03 AM
425.

its sooooooooooo sad. :(

Posted by Anonymous December 11, 09 09:00 AM
426.

Wow thats sad.....Im glad that wasnt me....

Posted by Anonymous December 14, 09 10:39 AM
427.

My gad with everyone I'm rida I'm frome marocco

Posted by rida December 16, 09 10:26 PM
428.

Why does it take a new horrible tragedy to remind us of one that happened not long ago. For all the suffering in Aquila and in Haiti, is it never enough? How much can people and populations endure? The worst part is seeing the children....

Posted by Tere January 23, 10 05:24 PM
429.

I have never been in Italy, but my father came from L'Aquila to the United States in 1910. His name was GianDomenico Poncia and had a sister who remained in L'Aquila. I never knew her or if she had children, and if she did they would be my grand nephews or nieces. His father's name was Felice Poncia.

Bro. John D. Poncia, S.A.

Posted by Bro. John D. Poncia, S.A. January 26, 10 09:57 PM
430.

When I see poor,innocent,old,young,mother ,children,sick... get killed in unfasioned manner....

It make me to question...."where is God?....Is there anyone who is called a creator?...If so who is the disstroyer? ....why? Man has lived for long....he is the master of his distiny ...he will live and march ahead ...Long live steve cipo...and his family...and his loved ones....

Posted by Sankaran Nallaperumal February 6, 10 01:25 PM
431.

I am going to Abruzzo....My mission start there.....

Posted by Sigita Rimikyte.... February 6, 10 01:31 PM
432.

It's so sad.

Posted by stehaine March 3, 10 03:42 PM
433.

i am so very sorry :( thats really sad

Posted by Tracy March 9, 10 10:49 AM
434.

please don't forget us.....everything is dead in the town... no life....no voice...nothing....only ghots.....

Posted by marco di vito March 19, 10 05:18 PM
435.

As I sit here reviewing the devastation in L'Aquila I have a Spezza sitting next to me. His father was born there, as were most of his family. His father was Dominic Spezza. Bogoinio (Bud) is my friend. If any of his family sees this note, please contact me. We are planning a trip to Europe this fall and would like to be of assistance if we can.

Posted by Pat Clickener April 8, 10 11:02 PM
436.

hello,
im doing a project and this is very not nice pictures.
i hope everyone gets beteer and so does their homes.
cheese x

Posted by spunkey munkey April 28, 10 09:11 AM
437.

I have never been there but just by looking at these pictures makes me feel so bad for all the people who lost everything. That has never happend to me thank god but for the people that it does they deserve alot more then what they are probly getting. Im sorry to everybody who losted osmething in that.

Posted by Dallas May 24, 10 09:26 AM
438.

OMG it is really sad but the fire man 1 is the worst

Posted by Anonymous June 8, 10 11:20 AM
439.

I am very sorry for such great thing, This remind me about the civil war that took place in my country Liberia. I am very sorry .

I plage my willingness to work with the rebuilding project. I can be a data entry clark or even helper. If I should be contacted, Below is my name and E-mail address. My cell number is +231-633-9814. I am on the standbye to work.

Posted by Frederick Horace J. June 29, 10 05:23 AM
440.

FUERZA L'Aquila, SOY DE CHILE HE VIVIDO 2 MEGA TERREMOTOS EN MI VIDA Y SIENTO POR LA GENTE DE L'Aquila EL MISMO DOLOR QUE LA GENTE DE MI TIERRA , AUN SUFRO Y LE PIDO A NUESTRO SEÑOR JESUSCRISTO QUE NOS PROTEJA Y A USTEDES DE L'Aquila TAMBIEN, TAMBIEN A HAITI , POR LOS NIÑOS Y ENFERMOS , AQUEL DIA EN FEBRERO DEL 2010 A LAS 03:00 DE LA MADRUGADA ESTABA DESPIERTO Y COMENZO EL TERREMOTO INMEDIATAMENTE PEDI E INVOKE EL NOMBRE DE JEHOVA Y ME SALVO A MIS 3 HIJOS PEQUEÑOS Y MI ESPOSA Y HUBO POCAS VICTIMAS POR LA MAGNITUD DEL TERREMOTO, PIDAMOS A JESUS VIVO Y A JEHOVA PADRE , QUE LA GENTE DE L'Aquila SE LEVANTE YA

Posted by CRISTIAN QUINTANA BERNAL July 7, 10 12:35 PM
441.

My parents came to America in 1915-16 They were from Farindola, on the other side of the mountains from Aquila. It is close to Penne. There was not much damage and my relatives, Alberto, and his sister, Chiarina Mariani were not injured, thank God. I know that the Italian people are a strong people. As in the past , they will recover from this tragedy and build a better and stronger Aquila. God bless and protect every one of you. Daniel Marvain(Mariani)

Posted by Anonymous July 25, 10 04:33 PM
442.

My grandfather, Nazzaro Sylvio Ionata, came from this village. I hope someday to see it myself. The beauty is not in the buildings, but in the people and their spirit.

Posted by John B August 11, 10 06:28 PM
443.

Does anyone have photos and updates of this region now, as of September of 2010? I hear the help is coming very slowly and that there are a lot of reconstruction and aid still to be made. I would love any info on this as well as any aid organization who's working in the region still. Thanks.

Posted by Sophia R September 8, 10 12:22 PM
444.

this is well bad

Posted by aaaaaaaron October 12, 10 05:06 AM
445.

I fell sad

Posted by Anonymous October 31, 10 04:24 PM
446.

i fell so said if they want help or work their contact me

Posted by omar abdo December 8, 10 02:34 PM
447.

Bellissime, terribili, immagini...


d.

Posted by Dario Luigi Maria Celli December 9, 10 09:54 PM
448.

Amazing... Time!!!

Posted by Caroline Gillan March 3, 11 08:40 AM
449.

IK heb pas de sais gevonden met de ravage van L Aquila,ik heb veel medeleven met de mensen, het is verschrikkelijk dit te moeten mee maken in het leven.Ik wens de mensen heel veel sterkte en kracht toe om hun dorpje te kunnen herstellen maar vooral de mensen die familieleden en kinderen verloren hebben wens ik sterkte toe om het verdriet te kunnen verwerken.Ik hou van van italie en kom er graag op vacantie maar heb niet het budget om elk jaar er naartoe te komen toch hoop ik binnen enkele jaren nog eens in L Aquila te geraken en te zien dat de mensen er weer gelukkig zijn.Veel sterkte.

Posted by Goos Mia March 6, 11 07:04 PM
450.

Aww this is really Sad.
R.i.p the people who died

Posted by Molly March 20, 11 04:31 PM
451.

This is really bad! you don't realise till you see this!
I'm doing this for geography at school,
and I've gotta say I'm moved!

Posted by amy March 23, 11 01:19 PM
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