Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine
Aug 302016

Los Angeles Honors Italian Earthquake Victims

L.A. City Hall is lit green, white, and red (the colors of Italian flag) every evening this week in support of Italy following devastating earthquake.

The 6.2 magnitude earthquake caused massive devastation of Umbrian cities, especially Amatrice and Norcia. Nearly 300 were killed by the quake.

To honor victims of the Italian earthquake a candlelight vigil was held at L.A. City Hall. The vigil was led by Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino, Italian Consul General Antonio Verde and Monsignor Antonio Cacciapuoti.

On Monday August 29th Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember Joe Buscaino announced that Los Angeles City Hall will be lit in the colors of the Italian flag — green, white, and red — at approximately 7 p.m. every day till Friday of this week as a show of support for the Italian people following last week’s devastating earthquake.

“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 is a symbol of our commitment to stand with them in a time of sorrow, loss, and recovery.” – Mayor Eric Garcetti

“Last week’s tragedy strikes at everyone’s hearts whether we are living in Los Angeles, London, or Rome,” said Councilman Joe Buscaino. “The heart-breaking images of children being pulled from the rubble 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 to ensure that every man, woman and child is safe when disaster strikes.” – Councilman Joe Buscaino

US mobile service providers including AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon made calls and texts to Italy free to facilitate communication between worried relatives in the US and Italian earthquake survivors. The free services make possible also monetary donations by text.

Money is an essential part of the relief efforts in Umbria, Italy. You can help by donating to Italian Red Cross and / or the Italian American Relief Fund.

Like Italy, Los Angeles too is earthquake country. We can appreciate the suffering of Italian earthquake survivors. Let’s pitch in and donate. Sooner or later, we too will need help….