My parents started building their lives together in 1975 in a beautiful 19th century building and lost almost everything in just a few seconds on December 29th 2020, the day of the worst earthquake in this part of Croatia in more than a century. The worst of it, we all always thought that we are living in a rather safe area, when earthquakes are concerned.
My family is alive and staying with my brother for the time being, so we are very grateful for that, but to lose your home, everything that you have, that you have been building for decades, it's nerve wrecking.
The apartment is standing, but just barely. There is dust everywhere, collapsed ceiling, broken dishes, fireplace is broken... And the building? The building is unsafe, walls are torn, the roof on most of it collapsed. Because the earthquakes are happening on a daily basis, and I don't mean the ones below 3M, but the ones above 4 and even 5, the building can collapse at any one of them.
Perhaps some things from the apartment can be saved, some clothes, books, even some furniture, but is it worth risking someone's life over it? My mother is broken, she couldn't even think about saving anything. This is what she said: "I have only one wish. So that no soul ever has to go through this horror. I want to thank every good soul for caring and helping. I am too shook up, I don't feel like anything, trust me.