Someone obviously wants to tell us something... My camera has finally given up it's ghost, so no photos of the devastation this time. Northern Italy was rocked by a 5.4 magnitude earthquake yesterday afternoon. We were in Florence with a friend for the day and didn't notice anything, but Cousin Bart and Eddie the Beagle stayed at home and got one almighty fright.
Listening to the various accounts, many people have felt the tremors, but we appear to be the only ones who have actually sustained any damage. Apparently it rained some 200 bricks off of our 3-storey high roof onto the little piazza outside our front door. Half the roof, many of the stone gutters and possibly a chimney have collapsed on our 300 year old building. The emergency services have sealed off our front door and the area in front of our house. There is still a lot of loose debris up there. Also many of the large stones the locals use for holding down there roof tiles, look precariously close to the edge all of a sudden.
Miraculously we have not been evacuated as the structure inside the building still appears sound. We don't own the the top floor of the building, so are not directly beneath the roof. Now we are just hoping there are no more shocks (it was the second in the 3 days) making the damage any worse and no heavy rains, which may pour through the damaged roof.
It's quite ironic this happening in the aftermath of the recent floods and us being in the process of considering to move on. Somebody seems to be giving us rather large hints here...