On Sunday morning, yet another, more powerful earthquake struck central Italy near the disaster-plagued town of Norcia, causing untold damage.
The 6.6 magnitude quake was the most forceful in Italy since 1980 and could be felt clearly throughout a 100-mile radius in central Italy, with reports of the quake’s effects as far north as the Veneto region and as far south as Apulia. The quake struck at 7:40am, lasting for several seconds, and was followed by a number of smaller aftershocks.
The town of Norcia, birthplace of Saint Benedict, the 6th-century founder of western monasticism, saw tremendous devastation, and the Basilica bearing the Saint’s name was demolished.
— The Monks of Norcia (@monksofnorcia) October 30, 2016
Aleandro Petrucci, the mayor of nearby Arquata del Tronto, said that the entire municipality is in ruins and “now we are no longer a town.”
— EMSC (@LastQuake) October 30, 2016
In Rome, officials closed down the city’s subway system Sunday morning as a precaution, waiting for an assessment on possible structural damage to the facilities.
Sunday’s quake came nearly two months after a major earthquake killed almost 300 people and destroyed several towns in central Italy, and just three days after three consecutive tremors rocked the same area at two-hour intervals.
According to seismologist Alberto Michelini, Sunday’s earthquake “occurred along the same fault system and is part of the sequence that began in August and is now progressing.”
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