Jasmina Tesanovic: Earthquake in Italy

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15 Responses to “Jasmina Tesanovic: Earthquake in Italy”

  1. johnphantom says:

    This is a huge shame. I went to Italy in 2005, loved Rome and Cique Terre, and the people of Italy. My condolences to the deceased’s families.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Unfortunately, earthquakes cannot be stopped.

    But Berlusconi is pushing to build five nuclear power plants (older, less safe models) around Italy, which is a country known for:

    a) having over 80% of earthquake-prone land;

    b) having such corruption among the building industries that it is considered normal for buildings to be built with “fake concrete” – a cheaper mix that will simply crumble down at the lightest shake

    Earthquakes can’t be stopped. Berlusconi can.
    And if nobody intervenes (from abroad, because Italians have their hands well tied by Berlusconi himself), someday you will all be breathing the radioactive consequences of your inaction.

  3. J France says:

    I know realtime stuff, i’m looking for a statistical orgy of past and present info.

    Seems like something i’d have to actually compile / deduce myself.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Seeing Berlusconi fuel his political campaign for the EU seat among those poor souls makes me puke. That criminal should have been jailed decades ago.

  5. Antonio Lopez says:

    Berlusconi shaken not stirred! However….. hopefully this is Berlusconi’s Katrina moment when people will see that the emperor wears no Armani. But alas, he control’s the country’s media. Oh well. I felt the quake in Rome– too intense. It brought back memories of ’89 when my Oakland apartment was destroyed (with me in it!). It’s intense to feel so out of control. The earth just holds you in her hands, then sometimes closes her grip. Last night we felt more aftershocks. Those are actually much worse. You keep thinking, “Here is the Big One!” And you wait.

  6. nicola says:

    What we are looking to now is rebuilding process: we have in our recent history the two extremes. The Friuli earthquake of 1976 was even more powerful then this last one, but the reaction of the administrations and the people was amazing and after ten years whole villages were rebuilt from scratch. On the other hand, four years later the disastrous Irpinia earthquake that caused almost 3000 deaths was a complete failure – for some it is the emblem of bad italian attitude in governance. Rebuilding funds were subject to looting by crime organizations and administrations with no scruples that caused an enormous waste of money for the state. As of today, there are still parts of the cities stricken that have not been finished rebuilding after almost 30 years.

    This earthquake happened just in the days in which the government was about to vote on a new law to encourage building and renovations of houses (to help the economy), which was seen by some as just a license to kill (not only architecturally speaking) handed out to greedy builders, probably the same that made the new L’Aquila hospital (supposedly anti-seismic and all) so weak that it collapsed entirely. The government was quick enough to tie this new law with the rebuilding of the earthquake zones, not before scrapping a small little comma in the law called ‘simplifications in anti-seismic matters’.
    I suppose earthquakes are somewhat random in their effects, but a small builder in one of the most violently stricken zones had his own house made with all the anti seismic procedures applied to the letter and guess what: the house is still up, without a crack.

    So now everybody is hoping that the rebuilding will be quick and honest, but this really goes down to the people: at every level from the prime minister to the small builder there is the chance to loot and make profits and the only thing that can keep things on the right track is really each one’s ethics.
    The trend of the last years gives us not entirely good vibrations about this, but we’ll see.

  7. ZippySpincycle says:

    Silvio Berlusconi is apparently channeling post-Katrina Barbara Bush.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Rome here. The two main quakes were among the most powerful I ever experienced in the last 30 years or so in Rome. They were damn long too: about 20 seconds the first hit and 15 the 2nd which seems a double eternity when you’re experiencing it.
    Strangely, my cats didn’t gave a flying furball about the quakes; they kept doing their stuff or sleeping all time during the hits.

    A minor correction on the city name: it’s L’Aquila, with the article, which means The Eagle.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hi. I’m an italian guy from rome, italy.
    We felt almost 3-4 earthquakes in these last 3 days..
    :(

  10. moniker42 says:

    This is so beautifully written…

  11. J France says:

    Berlusconi is an utter douche.

    If it weren’t horrible enough going through this disaster, you have to endure him wailing on about it. Zippy @4 beat me to it.

    Another thought: is there an increase in seismic activity worldwide, or am I just happening on more reports? Is it just happening in places where there are more white people to report on, not those horrid poor, dark-skinned places we don’t need to hear about?

    I’ve tried finding sites that have worldwide seismic / volcanic activity broken down into simpler stats, or on a map with frequency and severity, but haven’t had much luck.

    Can anyone point me to such a resource?

  12. stormist says:

    J France,

    Google Earth has real time earthquake information

  13. Takuan says:

    Berlusconi is now calling living in the rubble “just like camping out”.

  14. Stefan Jones says:

    Boing Boing moderator Teresa Nielson Hayden and husband Patrick are in Italy, and felt the quake. Disussion on Making Light:

    http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/011157.html

  15. Dani4a says:

    Now that Bush is out of the picture, Berlusconi is officially my most-hated politician. What a douche.

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