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)

Gianluca Ginoble (Eurovision 2015)

Emma Marrone (Eurovision 2014)

Marco Mengoni (Eurovision 2013)

Raphael Gualazzi (Eurovision 2011)

Nek (Sanremo 2015)

Arissa (Sanremo 2016)

Fausto Leali (Eurovision 1989)

Jalisse (Eurovision 1997)

Enrico Ruggeri (Eurovision 1993)

Dolcenera (Sanremo 2016)

Dear Jack (Sanremo 2015 and 2016)

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frances van siclen
5 years ago

My heart is heavy now with the news of the earthquake. Heartfelt condolances from America to all who are suffering. I know the Italian people will get through this tragedy and will rise again like a Phoenix- we will contribute to the earthquake relief fund – God bless !

drag
drag
5 years ago

Nina Zilli Nothing write?

giorgio
giorgio
5 years ago

Pray for Italy!

Pollaski
Pollaski
5 years ago

Pretty sad to see, both in terms of lives lost and history destroyed. Here’s praying they rebuild their homes and lives as best as possible.

Stanislav
Stanislav
5 years ago

It’s Arisa, not Arissa

Roelof Meesters
Roelof Meesters
5 years ago

I feel so sorry for the poor families losing a part of their family. I saw it on the news and i was deeply shocked 🙁