Seeds: An earthquake with the magnitude of 6.2 shook central Italy yesterday (August 23, 2016) early in the morning (their time). As of the latest reports, the quake reportedly killed at least 247 people.
Core: Footage of the affected towns shows the Italians attempting the clear the rubble with anything they can utilize like farming equipment and hand tools. Furthermore, the villages are mostly only accessible by a series of small roads, making it difficult for authorities to enter and provide relief to the quake's victims. This earthquake not only brought on a large loss of life, but also the destruction of old stone Italian structures that made up the affected villages. For instance, the once charming town of Amatrice, which was the epicenter of the earthquake is now in ruins.
Skin: Yesterday morning the Pope lead the rosary for a crowd of 11,000 people, praying for the lives lost and affected by the earthquakes. As well as this, many celebrities have made statements about donating and praying for victims.
Leaves: Almost a day after the earthquake, it is expected that the death toll will continue to rise as a result of still untouched rubble and frequent aftershocks. Facebook set up their safety check feature (here) to check on those possibly affected. To donate to the Italian Red Cross to aid those affected, here.
Food for Thought: How did you react to the news of the earthquake in Italy? Do you think that other countries should send aid?