Earthquake in Central Italy
by Stefania Bufano
Very saddened to hear news of the earthquake which hit central Italy around 3:30 am this morning, August 24, leaving the small town of Amatrice, about 100 miles northeast of Rome, devastated.
“The town is no more,” said Mayor Sergio Pirozzi.
At the time of this writing, at least 73 people are dead and dozens more are missing. Along with Amatrice, the town of Accumoli — both in Lazio — are the hardest hit.
Although small, with a population of less than 3,000 people, artifacts show that Amatrice has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and remnants of ancient Roman buildings and tombs have also been discovered.
You may recognize the town name hidden within one of Rome’s more notable regional dishes — pasta all’amatriciana — and in fact, popular belief is that many Popes across the centuries had cooks who hailed from Amatrice.
Amatrice has had…
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