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Earthquake in Italy hits home for SIU student

(Hank Cavagnaro, KFVS) (Hank Cavagnaro, KFVS)

The damage across the central region of Italy is wide spread and the affect is event wider. A Southern Illinois student, Rossana Cauti, can only contact her family who live in the Abruzzo region of Italy. 

Rossana is in her masters program at SIU and has been playing the viola since eight and the piano since three. Her family was woken up from the quake and Rossana said she was scared.

"They're all worried," said Rossana. "It's a delicate topic for us. We had a big [earthquake] about 7 years ago I think and this one was less scary because the center was not [in Abruzzo] it was in the nearby region of Marche."

These two regions are directly next to each other but because of the distance between he epicenter and her home town Rossana's family was not hurt.

"Everybody was real scared that it was happening again and the city's are not ready for that," said Rossana.

Rossana says the city's are not ready because most of them are medieval buildings. She says her families home is newer home which kept them safe. 

"Basically we feel unprepared to deal with that," said Rossana. "We don't feel that the country's prepared for it."

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