Focusing on the 1980 and 2009 Italian earthquakes, we propose an analysis of the social dynamics taking place in the crater areas. The study considers two levels: one refers to the Mayors in charge at the time of the events and the other to the people who lived the earthquakes. The capability of local societies to create organized forms of interaction will be also investigated. We will reconstruct actors point of view through the individual and collective memory of the events.
Keywords: Earthquakes, emergency, territories, resilience, memory, perspectives