The flashing lights of emergency vehicles brighten the entrance to the historic centers. Deep cracks on the roads had significantly lowered the ground level. Many people are seen in the streets, others are waiting in their cars, before reaching the containers where they will stay for the night. The roads have been closed to the traffic.

Between August and October 2016, 3 strong earthquakes of magnitude 6-6.5 on the Richter scale hit central Italy, causing almost 300 victims, and according to technicians from the Civil Protection Department, 40 thousand were made homeless. Paolo Messina, director of the Institute of Environmental Geology and Geo-engineering of the National Research Council, said that the latest quakes could have triggered dormant fault lines. Seismologists believe that quakes are disrupting the crusts of the tectonic plates and this could lead to a greater tremor in the near future.

Thousands of evacuees have been moved to the Adriatic coast, awaiting the earthquake-proof wooden houses. In the Marconi hotel about 90 earthquake victims are staying, even if most of them hope to be able to return soon to live in the mountains. “The shock after” is a personal exploration of a natural disaster that has had an overwhelming impact on people’s lives and the landscape around them.

THE SHOCK AFTER (2016-2017)