Today for Italy it is a national day of mourning for the victims of the terrible earthquake in Rieti province and beyond.
Here is a screen shot from RAI 1, the main Italian TV station, this morning. It shows a tent city erected near to a destroyed town to house some of the thousands of survivors who will not have a home to sleep in for some unknown time to come. You’ll also notice the black ribbon of bereavement at the top left which will remain there all day on our TV screens. Also, all day there will be no commercial advertisements shown.
I cannot remember these things ever having happened before. But then I have not lived long enough in Italy to be witness to such a horrific natural disaster