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My heart goes out to all that have lost in this earthquake. I am happy that Gianni was sparred from harms way! Tried calling him, but I think that he and Mira will probably be bunkered down in the cantina for a while. Does anybody have Giancinta's number or Email??? I think that she is Gianni's second cousin, but she is very plugged in to the Ofena community. I am at my Sister's and I don't have my info on Ofena with me...
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Giacinta owns the market near my house and her husband Vince is the local commune policeman.

I hope that they are safe and can help with news in Ofena.

Having said that, when we were nearly flooded, in Maitland, and being evacuated, the phone wouldn't stop ringing with friends and family checking to see how we were. It was nice to have people care, but added greatly to our stress as we tried to pile things up out of flood reach!

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I am just devastated by such sad news. Just yesterday I was so excited about coming out to Ofena to see that lovely tower, we had planned so much in our minds. Thank goodness there does not seem to be anyone hurt. I just don't know what to do now - flights, car hire booked etc but it now seems inappropriate to go. For those of you who are just waiting to hear news about your properties, I am thinking of you and hoping for the best.
I understand how you must feel. After all the planning and anticipation, everything is booked and ready, but you now will be visiting a disaster area.

It is all so very strange. We have owned our place for a month. We had been organizing quotes for the roof and for some stairs that collapsed. The builder was keen to start, as he had no work, so we were just finalizing the quote.We were told there were borer in a roof beam. Now I wonder if I even have a roof.

I wish I was there. The tower house seemed pretty solid, has the quake put you off buying?

We live in an area that is flood liable as we are on the Hunter River. We have been in Maitland for 19years and have not been flooded yet, although it was close.

ha ha, living on the edge.....

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I understand how you must feel. After all the planning and anticipation, everything is booked and ready, but you now will be visiting a disaster area.

It is all so very strange. We have owned our place for a month. We had been organizing quotes for the roof and for some stairs that collapsed. The builder was keen to start, as he had no work, so we were just finalizing the quote.We were told there were borer in a roof beam. Now I wonder if I even have a roof.

I wish I was there. The tower house seemed pretty solid, has the quake put you off buying?

We live in an area that is flood liable as we are on the Hunter River. We have been in Maitland for 19years and have not been flooded yet, although it was close.

ha ha, living on the edge.....
In the process of cancelling everything now but part of me doesn't want to give up on the dream. I will keep in touch with you all and see how it turns out over the coming weeks and months. I really hope that you will all find that things can be sorted out in due course.

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In the process of cancelling everything now but part of me doesn't want to give up on the dream. I will keep in touch with you all and see how it turns out over the coming weeks and months. I really hope that you will all find that things can be sorted out in due course.
Hi Jan
I can fully understand your decision to cancel everything, I think that if we had not already purchased our house in Ofena that we would probably have done the same thing. But, should we want to sell the house in the future I think that it will be highly unlikely that we will get a buyer for it.
You can be given statistics for just about anything and the likelihood that it will affect you but a lot of people have lost their lives, families and homes.
It is very sad.
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In the process of cancelling everything now but part of me doesn't want to give up on the dream. I will keep in touch with you all and see how it turns out over the coming weeks and months. I really hope that you will all find that things can be sorted out in due course.
I was in athens when the big quake struck a few years ago. It is a terrable experience and it does affect you for many years afterwards. Long after the camera crews have left and it is no longer worthy of note, people will be suffering from depression, anger, stress and distress. However, life does go on, people get better, buildings get rebuilt and people who previously paid no attention to building regulations build safer houses. Ofena got away lightly from all accounts. Nowhere is safe from an earthquake - but if you know they are possable, you take steps to make your house as safe as possable. There will be after shocks for many years - and every time there is one, you will be sprinting for cover and will always have one ear half cocked waiting for a distant rumble.

That being said, I dont have any problem with the idea of living and retiring to Ofena. I know things will get better and I know people will get over it and friendships will become stronger. Maybe when I argue with my architect, engineer and builder about the need for maximum protection from earthquakes they wont look at me as if I am a few coupons short of my set now.

If I could come to Ofena now I would and wouldnt think twice about it, provided i was in a house that was safe. With a bit of luck it will be a wake up call with the Italian government helping people to make their old historic houses and buildings as safe as they can be.

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My cousin from Pescara went to Ofena yesterday and told me that there is very little damage and all the people are fine which is the most important thing.

It is terrible to watch the news,,i have SkyTG24 tuned in at the office. They just pulled another child from a building,,,what a terrible tragedy! I keep praying for all these people including the rescue workers that are doing a wonderful job.

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It sounds like the rescue response has been first rate. 7000 rescue workers on site within 24 hours, very coordinated and lots of tents and backup facilities. Obviously one department of the Italian government knows what they are doing!

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In the process of cancelling everything now but part of me doesn't want to give up on the dream. I will keep in touch with you all and see how it turns out over the coming weeks and months. I really hope that you will all find that things can be sorted out in due course.


Celyn, don't give up on your dreams! You can step outside your house tomorrow and something happen.

Dreaming is part of living!

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Celyn, don't give up on your dreams! You can step outside your house tomorrow and something happen.

Dreaming is part of living!
Absolutely !
I agree, I like Pam would be there tomorrow if I could. There's always something, bushfires, floods, earthquakes. Not to mention man made perils !

Abruzzo is breathtakingly beautiful, snow capped mountains, charming villages, patchwork quilt of reds greens and yellows in the valleys. Close to beaches, big cities, sking. It has it all and it's still relatively cheap.

I'm not even a tiny bit sorry we bought, and I didn't buy it to sell anyway.
Just hoping it won't push the restoration costs up too much ! heh on the bright side I hadn't just finished painting and plastering.

May June is a lovely time to visit..... come look and then decide...

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