Powerful tremor near Norcia destroys Italy buildings
A strong earthquake has struck near Norcia in central Italy, destroying numerous buildings.
The quakes come nearly two months after a major earthquake killed almost 300 people and destroyed several towns. Yesterday’s quake measured magnitude 6.6, larger than August’s quake and aftershocks last week. It is thought to be Italy’s most violent in decades.
A number of injuries were reported but no deaths so far. Many locals were evacuated after last week’s quakes. Tremors were felt in the capital Rome, and as far away as Venice in the north. It was at a depth of only 1.5km (0.9 miles). The US Geological Survey said the epicentre of the quake was 68km southeast of the regional centre of Perugia and close to the small town of Norcia.
Monks at the monastery of San Benedetto, an international Benedictine community in Norcia, tweeted an image of the Basilica of St Benedict destroyed by the earthquake.They said that people were trapped in the main square as nearby buildings were liable to collapse.