Pow­er­ful quake rocks cen­tral, south­ern parts of coun­try

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

ROME (AP): A POW­ER­FUL earth­quake with a pre­lim­i­nary mag­ni­tude of 6.6 has rocked the same area of cen­tral and south­ern Italy hit by quake in Au­gust and a pair of af­ter­shocks last week, send­ing al­ready quake-dam­aged build­ings crum­bling af­ter a week of tem­blors that have left thou­sands home­less.

The head of Italy’s civil pro­tec­tion agency, Fabrizio Cur­cio, said there were no im­me­di­ate re­ports of deaths, but said some peo­ple had suf­fered in­juries as nu­mer­ous build­ings that had re­sisted the pre­vi­ous tem­blors col­lapsed. He did not pro­vide de­tails on the in­jured.

Res­i­dents, al­ready rat­tled by a con­stant trem­bling of the earth, rushed into pi­az­zas and streets af­ter be­ing roused from bed by Sun­day’s 7:40 a.m. quake. Many peo­ple still had been sleep­ing in cars or evac­u­ated to shel­ters or ho­tels in other ar­eas af­ter a pair of strong jolts last Wed­nes­day.

Tele­vi­sion im­ages showed nuns rush­ing out of their church and into the main pi­azza in Nor­cia as the clock tower ap­peared about to crum­ble. One had to be car­ried by fire­fight­ers, while an­other was sup­ported as she walked.

The mayor of quake-hit Us­sita said a huge cloud of smoke erupted from the crum­bled build­ings.

AP

A view of the fa­cade of the San Benedetto Basil­ica in Nor­cia, cen­tral Italy, af­ter an earth­quake with a pre­lim­i­nary mag­ni­tude of 6.6 struck cen­tral Italy yes­ter­day.

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