Just a matter of days after two tremors hit parts of Italy, including Rome, a massive 6.6 earthquake has destroyed numerous buildings in central Italy – forcing locals to flee.
According to Sky News, buildings in central Italy were already weakened after the tremors on Wednesday and the earthquake in August which left 298 people dead.
The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre has claimed that the epicentre of the earthquake was 132 kilometres northeast of Rome – where people claim the tremor was felt heavily – and 67 kilometres east of Perugia, exactly where the epicentre of last week’s quakes was.
— EMSC (@LastQuake) October 30, 2016
So far there are no reports of casualties however numerous people are injured.
The quake destroyed the 5th Century, Basilica of St Benedict, in Norcia and flattened massive parts of Arquata del Tronto and Ussita.
People have been urged to text or WhatsApp any loved ones they fear may be trapped.
Per assicurarvi che i vostri cari stiano bene, utilizzate SMS o WhatsApp per non intasare le linee telefoniche #Terremoto
— 112 Italia (@112_ITALIA) October 30, 2016
The earthquake is the strongest to hit Italy since 1980.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
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