When a powerful earthquake struck in central Italy in the wee hours Wednesday, Fresno resident Lee Ann Eager was among those tossed from her sleep.
Eager, president and CEO of the Fresno County Economic Development Corp., is vacationing in Italy and was in Rome when the magnitude-6 quake happened at 3:36 a.m. local time (6:36 p.m. Tuesday evening in California). “I was asleep, but the earthquake sent my bed back and forth across the room and then really shook with a couple of aftershocks,” Eager wrote in an email to The Bee early Wednesday.
Eager said she went outside, but saw no emergency workers or damage. “All was good here,” she said.
Smaller cities closer to the quake’s epicenter were less fortunate. The Associated Press reported that the towns of Amatrice and Accumoli, about 65 miles northeast of Rome, and Pescara del Tronto were communities with the most significant damage and casualties.