It took centuries to build the medieval towns of central Italy, but just moments to raze them to the ground. In the early morning hours on Wednesday, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake left at least 120 people dead in Umbria, Lazio and Le Marche, three regions between 80 and 100 miles northeast of Rome.
Sergio Pirozzi, the mayor of Amatrice, said that collapsed bridges and other obstructions have complicated access to the city and the search for survivors. But local and international organisations press on. “We can hear voices under the rubble,” Pirozzi said.
Italy’s biggest pop stars — many of whom have sung at Eurovision and Sanremo — have been sharing their thoughts and condolences through social media and are encouraging their followers to make donations to disaster relief efforts. You can read some of their thoughts below.
Ignazio Boschetto (Eurovision 2015)
— ignazio boschetto (@IBoschetto) August 24, 2016
Gianluca Ginoble (Eurovision 2015)
Siamo vicini alle famiglie delle vittime e a tutte le popolazioni colpite da questa grande tragedia. #terremoto
— Gianluca Il Volo (@GianGinoble) August 24, 2016
Emma Marrone (Eurovision 2014)
— Emma Marrone (@MarroneEmma) August 24, 2016
Marco Mengoni (Eurovision 2013)
#Terremoto, i Numeri Utili:
– Contact Center Protezione Civile: 800840840
– Sala Operativa della Protezione Civile del Lazio: 803555
— Marco Mengoni (@mengonimarco) August 24, 2016
Raphael Gualazzi (Eurovision 2011)
— Raphael Gualazzi (@RaphaelGualazzi) August 24, 2016
Nek (Sanremo 2015)
— Nek Filippo Neviani (@NekOfficial) August 24, 2016
Arissa (Sanremo 2016)
— ARISA (@ARISA_OFFICIAL) August 24, 2016
Fausto Leali (Eurovision 1989)
Jalisse (Eurovision 1997)
Enrico Ruggeri (Eurovision 1993)
Luoghi che conosco bene e che ho visto anche nei giorni scorsi. Un abbraccio agli amici di Amandola, una preghiera per chi sta soffrendo.
— Enrico Ruggeri (@enricoruggeri) August 24, 2016
Dolcenera (Sanremo 2016)
— ManuDolcenera (@ManuDolcenera) August 24, 2016
Dear Jack (Sanremo 2015 and 2016)
— Dear Jack (@DearJackOf) August 24, 2016