Italy: Powerful earthquake destroys buildings

Italy: Powerful earthquake destroys buildings

A strong earthquake has struck near Norcia in central Italy, destroying numerous buildings. It comes nearly two months after a major earthquake killed almost 300 people and destroyed several towns. The quake early on Sunday measured 6.6, larger than August’s quake and aftershocks last week. It is thought to be Italy’s most violent in decades.
At least 11 people have been hurt but no deaths are reported so far. Many locals left after last week’s quakes.

Nine people have been pulled alive from the rubble, Italian media say. 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). Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promised to rebuild all homes and churches destroyed by the quake. He appealed to Italians to show generosity, courage and responsibility.

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