Emilia Earthquake 2012. Journey to Crevalcore, 10 years after the earthquake

At 4.03 a.m. On Sunday, May 20, 2012, a magnitude 5.9 earthquake at a depth of 6.3 km struck the northern part of Emilia-Romagna, between the provinces of Bologna, Reggio Emilia, Modena and Ferrara. The first was followed by other shocks. The earth would shake again at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29 (5.8 on the Richter scale and 10 km deep) with the epicenter further west than the previous earthquake.

10 years after what was described as “the first economic earthquake in history”, as it hit the productive fabric hard, Bologna today met with the mayor and his community Crevalcorethe most affected center in the province of Bologna.

“Crevalcore is still a construction site, just go to via Matteotti – where the town hall, theater and Porta Modena are under reconstruction – because priority has been given to the reconstruction of private accommodation at the finish line, with over 93-94 % of the available resources “observes the mayor Marco Martelli, in those days of 2012 consultant in charge of the Environment, Civil Protection, Public Works and Associations. In addition to the town hall, which has been moved to the municipal library and theater, to the historic center, Porta Modena and Villa Ronchi, a historic building in the Crevalcorese countryside, remain to be rebuilt and schools completed. restored in three years.

Almost all citizens returned to their homes: “Priority is given to individuals – since – public works are a little slower and more complicated.” 983 uninhabited houses on May 29, 2012 and were assigned to the municipality 171 million euros for the renovation: “We have already distributed 160 thousand”.

Reconstruction reduces the pandemic and the cost of raw materials

Martelli succeeded Mayor Claudio Broglia in 2019: “The job was already set, the problems came with the pandemic and the war.” Even the construction sites that are in progress discount the high cost of raw materials and the companies “participated in the tenders knowing that they have to bear costs, now they find others, they are having difficulty, we are discussing with the Region to find a solution. I want to be sure” he continues The Mayor.

The memory of Marco Martelli

“I followed the IDP camp while Maria Pia Roveri followed the social and had to manage the return of people to their homes or find alternative housing. We know that the tent cities can be maintained for a few months. In three months we managed to build The people who had the house uninhabited On the morning of the first earthquake, the mayor Broglia called me asking me to find accommodation for a family with the house uninhabited. I thought of an office inside our gym, at night the crowd was 200 “.

What did the experience of the earthquake teach? “Certainly there has been a push for solidarity and social cohesion, which I envy at the moment, over time it has gradually diminished, I say it with regret, the sense of community is missing at the moment, it is a serious mistake. “.

10 years after the earthquake in Emilia: events from municipality to municipality

10 years of earthquake: planned events

From history to images, to the “cyclostronic trip”, to the events with the schools, after the exhibition of Guido Bianconi, who turned the books, which after the earthquake were intended for pulping, into works of art. Citizens will also be able to visit the construction sites and the site for the reconstruction will take place on May 29 with Mayor Marco Martelli, District President Stefano Bonaccini, Metropolitan Mayor Matteo Lepore and Environment and Civil Protection Adviser Irene Priolo .

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