Two powerful earthquakes rock central Italy

Published on : Thursday, October 27, 2016

italy-earthquakeTwo powerful earthquakes have struck central Italy on Wednesday, about 50 miles north of the site of a deadly quake in August that killed nearly 300 people.


Just a few hours earlier, a magnitude-5.5 quake struck the same region.


The second quake with a magnitude of 6.1 was 3.2 kilometers (2 miles) north of Visso and 58 km (36 miles) from Perugia.


The epicenter was south-southwest of Visso and the US Geological Survey said the earthquake was shallow. The quake hit at 7 p.m. local time between Perugia and Macerata.


Visso is about 110 miles northeast of Rome and 50 miles north of Amatrice, the small town that lost about 270 residents when a magnitude-6.2 quake hit August 24. Another 20 people were killed in nearby towns.


There have been no reports yet of damage or injuries. Although the historic San Salvatore church in Campi was destroyed by the tremors the first severely damaged the 15th century structure and the second finished it off.


This part of Italy is full of narrow roads linking small stone villages. Rescuers are fearful of mudslides and even of risking bringing heavy equipment up the narrow roads.


Streetlights, likely powered by generators, remained on in Campi, but the town’s houses remained dark. In many small towns, in the pre-dawn hours, there is little light, further hampering rescue efforts.


In Campi, hundreds of people were sleeping in their cars, with blankets covering the windows. The cars are parked everywhere — streets, gas stations, parking lots. Some residents have taken their dogs with them in their cars.

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