Sad news from the Marche
As you may have already heard, at 7.40am local time on Sunday 30 October, 2016 a
very severe earthquake (Mw 6.5) once again hit central Italy, with its epicenter some six kilometres from Norcia and 10 kms from Visso.
The quake - the most powerful in Italy since 1980 - comes in the wake of the tragic seismic events on 24 August at Amatrice, and on 26 October in the same area as this one, all
involving the same system of geological faults.
The tremors were felt across a large part of Italy and significant damage has been caused in many towns and villages in the southern Marche - particularly in the area of the
Sibillini national park - and in neighbouring Umbria and Lazio. Miraculously, the latest earthquake has not caused any deaths, largely as many of the places most affected had already been evacuated after last
week's temblor. However, latest estimates suggest around 25,000 people in the Marche alone have been made homeless, with a further 9,000 in neighbouring Abruzzo, Umbria and Lazio.
This article from The Guardian newspaper in the UK includes a useful map showing the area most affected; here some of the historic centres have been closed - such as Camerino - while many historic buildings will be shut for the foreseeable future.
Towns featured in Marche Voyager that have been gravely affected include Visso, Acquasanta Terme and Ussita, while Camerino, Amandola, Sarnano and Tolentino are some of the towns
that have witnessed significant damage.
To understand the areas of the Marche most at risk from earthquakes this interactive map in la Repubblica newspaper (in Italian) gives a good idea.
While rebuilding will take many years, bear in mind that tourism is one of the area's main sources of income. If you wish to show solidarity with the people affected, one thing
you can do is not to casually cancel next year's planned visit to areas not destroyed by the quake - the marchigiani will need you now more than ever.