The earthquake hit the central mountain areas of Umbria, Lazio and Le Marche. Dr. C. and I spent last night in a hotel at the Rome airport; the earthquake woke me up out of a sound sleep; for those of us used to this in California, it felt like a shaker that went on for about 30 seconds. There was no damage that was reported in Rome, and we headed for Spello (central Umbria) at 11:30---there was no damage that we saw along the way, and when we got to Spello (a medieval town) there was no damage that we could find.
How can you help? I'll update this page, but right now the best bet is donating to the Red Cross. We aren't able to donate blood since we haven't donated here before and they need the blood immediately. This weekend was going to be the celebration of the pasta that Amatrice is famous for, pasta all'Amatriciana. I have no idea what will happen now, but pray for the people who have been affected by this tragedy. I'll be back with an update here and on my Facebook page. Until then ciao and buona notte.
Update: Go to this link for ways to donate: