by Melinda Gallo

Qualche scossa a Firenze

This morning I was awoken by a scossa (jolt) at 8:43 a.m., which turned out to be a terremoto (earthquake). I immediately called Alessandro who said he didn't feel anything. I tried to look at the local news on-line, but couldn't find anything about the terremoto. And then an hour later, I felt an aftershock and I knew for sure that I wasn't mistaken.

After having lived in California for many years, I had experienced many terremoti. I was surprised to find out that many people I talked to at the different places I went to throughout the day didn't feel anything. Mostly, it's because they were either in cars or walking and it's true it's harder to sense them.

I didn't know that terremoti were common in the Tuscan area. I had heard about the one in Assisi, but that's Umbria and not Tuscany. I did learn that the terremoto we had was 4.6 on the Richter scale and was located thirty miles north of Florence.

The beginning of the month didn't start with a bang, but rather a scossa. Maybe it will get things moving for us all again after a bit of stagnation that the winter months stuck us in.

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