most powerful earthquake in 36 years stuck the country’s mountainous
center Sunday, panicking shell-shocked residents for the third time in
two months and flattening a world famous 600-year-old basilica.
there were no reports of anyone dying as a result of the 6.6 magnitude
quake, the head of the national civil protection agency said in an
update on the impact.
far as people are concerned, the situation is positive but many
buildings are in a critical state in historic centers and there are
problems with electricity and water supplies,” Fabrizio Curcio told
quake struck at 7:40 am (0640 GMT) near the small mountain town of
Norcia, unleashing a shock felt in the capital Rome and even in Venice,
300 kilometres (200 miles) away.
It was Italy’s biggest quake since a 6.9-magnitude one struck the south of the country in 1980, leaving 3,000 people dead. (AFP)
Photo credits: Vigili Del Fuoco/Italian Firefighters via AP, AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia (3)