Wednesday, 25 January 2012

On the Adriatic Plate

Most of northern Italy has been experiencing earthquakes since last night.  The strongest  so far was 4.9 on the Richter scale at 9 o'clock this morning, near Parma.  They're still going on.  The northern citta' d'arte (that's just about every northern city) have all been shaken; even Florence has been waving the upper floors of its taller buildings  today.

It's much more worrying than threats to the economy and the euro.


Nomad said...

Gives a whole new meaning to "did the earth move for you too, darling?"

Stay safe!

hatfield girl said...

Hello, Nomad. There's not a lot to be done about earthquakes. Apart from owning a camper-van (which all my relatives do.)

Twice while I have been here there have been earth-quakes. Both times I have got up, or gone to the window, and waited; and then thought it's passed by. Nothing could be more irrational - and yet that's what you do - short of disaster.

I'm in London next week - nothing to do with what is going on now - but it gives a new force to what we used to be taught to pray 'deo volente' before every scholastic undertaking.

Weekend Yachtsman said...


If I were in Sorrento just now, never mind Napoli itself, I might be giving thought to departure.

It's about due, is it not?

hatfield girl said...

Which is it though Yacht: volcanic eruption or earthquake? or will the whole, corrupt, shameless shebang disappear beneath a tidal wave?