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Monday, 31 October 2016

Italy Earthquake: Churches, chapels destroyed as magnitude-6.6 quake struck medieval town



A fourth earthquake in three months hittowns and villages in central Italy.

The 6. 6-magnitude quake struck close to the region where nearly 300 people were killed in August.



The magnitude-6.6 earthquake caused extensive damage but no fatalities, despite registering much higher than the earthquake which stuck on August 24 and killed almost 300 people.

Weakened by repeated powerful jolts in recent weeks, many of Norcia's churches, monasteries and chapels were wrecked.

"We thought it was the end of everything," said 74-year-old Sister Maria Raffaella Buoso after being evacuated from the Monastery of the Poor Clares of Santa Maria della Pace.


The United States Geological Survey said the quake was centred 68 kilometres east-southeast of Perugia at a depth of 1.5 kilometres.



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