A powerful earthquake has hit central and southern Italy just days after tremors saw hundreds forced from their homes. There were no immediate reports of death or injuries but the trembling sent buildings already damaged by previous quakes crumbling to the ground.
Pictures showed nuns rushing from their church in the central Italian town of Norcia, near Perugia, as the clock tower was perilously close to collapse. The Monks of Norcia said the Basilica of St Benedict had been “flattened” in the latest quake, which struck at 7.40am local time at a magnitude of 6.6 and a depth of 10km.
Just four days ago the same area was hit by a 6.1 magnitude and 5.5 magnitude earthquake, forcing hundreds to flee there home.
Local authorities said it was “miraculous” no one had been killed but that the quake had “finished” the town of Visso, leaving two-thirds of buildings had been left unsafe.
An earthquake in the area in August left 298 people dead.