Just wanted to share this shock with you fellow forumites.
Many small towns and villages have been destroyed, there are (for now) tens of victims.
Amatrice (the birthplace of the pasta all'amatriciana) is burned to the ground, and other places do not exist any more. Most towns are high on the mountain and roads to reach them are being freed in these hours.
The shakes have been felt from Naples to Bologna.
Mount Gran Sasso has lost one of its crests.
I am safe here, strong shakes all night long (continuing) and some minor scratches to the house but no structural damage. Nothing valuable has fallen to the ground.
Please don't find strange if I continue posting on the forum as usual, I need to feel alive.
A hug to each of you.