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6.6-Magnitude Earthquake Flattens Much Of Historic Basilica In Central Italy

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6.6-Magnitude Earthquake Flattens Much Of Historic Basilica In Central Italy

NPR.org 13 hours ago

  • A strong earthquake in Italy's Umbria region destroyed a centuries-old basilica that was built at the birthplace of Saint Benedict and his twin sister Saint Scholastica early Sunday. No deaths were reported from the quake, which followed a series of smaller temblors. Images from the scene show firefighters coming to the aid of nuns as they fled one of the buildings in Norcia, which is also commonly called Nursia. One reason for the lack of casualties: many buildings had been declared unsafe after a large quake in August. "The monks are all safe, but our hearts go immediately to those affected, and the priests of the monastery are searching for any who may need the Last Rites," reads an announcement ...



Tremors felt in Rome after 6.6 magnitude earthquake hits central Italy

Karthick Arvinth,International Business Times ONC UK 20 hours ago

A 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck central Italy, with tremors felt in Rome and Naples. The quake struck at 7.40am local time (6.40am GMT) on 30 October, the US Geological Survey said. The epicentre was close to the town of Norcia in the province of Perugia, and 10km (6 miles) deep. There were no immediate reports of casualties, but the disaster is reported to have caused widespread damage to structures. The Associated Press news agency reported that nuns rushed out of their church in Norcia as the clock tower appeared about to crumble. The US Geological Survey initially said the quake had a magnitude of 7.1, but later downgraded it to 6.6. It comes four days after the region was struck by two aftershocks.

Central Italy rocked by new strong earthquake, buildings collapse

A strong earthquake measuring 6.6 magnitude struck central Italy on Sunday, causing the collapse of more buildings in small cities and towns already shaken by tremors in the past two months, although there no immediate reports of casualties. It was a bigger quake than one which hit central Italy on Aug. 24, killing almost 300 people. There have been thousands of aftershocks in the weeks since then, including two particularly strong tremors last Wednesday. Italy's emergency services said there was serious damage in multiple locations in the central regions of Marche and Umbria on Sunday. State broadcaster RAI said three people were rescued from rubble in the town of Ussita, but there were no fatality reports ...