An earthquake, measuring 6.2 on the moment magnitude scale, hit Central Italy on the 24th of August at 3:36 am. Its epicenter was close to Accumoli, with its hypocenter approximately 47 miles southeast of Perugia and 28 miles north of L’Aquila, in an area near the borders of the Umbria, Lazio, Abruzzo and Marche regions.  To date, at least 292 people have been killed and dozens more are missing, the heaviest death toll being in Amatrice, a picturesque Italian mountain town and home to the beloved “Spaghetti all’Amatriciana” food festival.

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The thoughts and prayers of everyone in Los Angeles are with the Italian people. We have a strong and historic bond with them, and are all-too-familiar with the enormously difficult aftermath of a major earthquake. Lighting City Hall in the colors of their nation’s flag tonight is a symbol of our commitment to stand with them in a time of sorrow, loss, and recovery. – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

We must allow this Italian tragedy to serve as a sobering reminder for Angelenos about the realities of living in an earthquake zone. Earthquakes the size of the Italy quake occur several times a month around the world – so they are not rare events. In fact, there have been over fifty large earthquakes around the world this year alone! This Italian earthquake reminds us that even nations with sophisticated disaster preparedness and world-class building codes need to realize that much more work remains to be done. I would also like to remind everyone here and those watching that the best way to help the Italian victims is to donate to the Italian Red Cross, Save the Children and the Italian Relief Fund. – Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino

Joining forces locally to help their Italian brothers and sisters in need as they did in 2009 after the L’Aquila earthquake, the Federated Italo-Americans will also be accepting donations to support the earthquake relief funds. Checks may be made to: Federated Italo-Americans (Memo: Earthquake Relief Fund) and mailed to P.O. Box 931425 Los Angeles, CA 90093.