We are both OK, still very shaken, with lots of major aftershocks still going on.
Karen was very lucky, she and her friend were in a cafe in the square and had to run out while chandaliers and debris was falling and just got out into the square as the Cathedral collapsed beside them. I was in my office under my desk till the shaking stopped, then got out pronto.
Karen had left her handbag behind when she got out so I could not contact her which had me really worried. I walked home and then had a 2 hour wait until Karen arrived safe but shaken. I had left my bag behind as well so we had no keys, had to climb onto the roof and get in through the broken bathroom window.
Jo – Karens friend – contacted her husband and arranged to get picked up and heard that her kids were OK . We have spent the night with Jo and family on the outskirts of town. Not slept much due to the aftershocks. Have to try and get home now to start clearing up.
So, safe but shaken, but our thoughts are with those less fortunate today.
Love to you all, Jim & Karen