By now, you’ve probably all seen the devastating images and videos of the magnitude 6.2 earthquake that struck central Italy in the early hours of August 24, 2016. Tremors were felt in Rome, hundreds of miles from the epicenter, but the real damage was in a few unassuming villages in Lazio, Le Marche, and Umbria, some of which have been reduced largely to rubble.
— Al Jazeera News (@AJENews) August 24, 2016
There’s a part of me that swells in frustration as I think of the high-tech buildings in Japan that have been engineered to withstand earthquakes of greater magnitude than the one that hit Italy a few days ago, wondering why Italy doesn’t have the same sort of dedication to earthquake protection since it’s also a highly seismic country. But, of course, this is Italy, so the answers to those questions are… Complicated.
I suspect many of you are feeling the same thing, so I’m going to collect information in this article about how to help the victims of the Amatrice earthquake. I’ll keep it updated as best I can, and please – if you hear of something that isn’t listed, do let me know by leaving a comment at the bottom of the article.
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) August 25, 2016
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) August 24, 2016
Also, if the name “Amatrice” sounds familiar, you may know it as the origin of a famous pasta dish – Pasta Amatriciana. (The town was preparing for the 50th annual festival celebrating the dish, which was to be held this weekend.) There are already Italian restaurants using the culinary connection to organize fundraising efforts – look for one near you (and, if you don’t see one, suggest it to a favorite Italian restaurant in your area).