Italy earthquake: Second temblor within two months causes widespread devastation

Firfighters inspect the damages in Visso, central Italy, Thursday, Oct 27, 2016, following an earthquake that destroyed part of the neighborhood. A pair of strong aftershocks shook central Italy late Wednesday, crumbling churches and buildings, knocking out power and sending panicked residents into the rain-drenched streets just two months after a powerful earthquake killed nearly 300 people. (AP Photo/Sandro Perozzi)

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4 hit central Italy on Wednesday, crumbling churches and buildings, knocking out power and sending panicked residents into the rain-drenched streets. AP

Firfighters inspect the damages in Visso, central Italy, Thursday, Oct 27, 2016, following an earthquake that destroyed part of the neighborhood. A pair of strong aftershocks shook central Italy late Wednesday, crumbling churches and buildings, knocking out power and sending panicked residents into the rain-drenched streets just two months after a powerful earthquake killed nearly 300 people. (AP Photo/Sandro Perozzi)

The mayor of Serravalle del Chienti, Gabriele Santamarianova, said the quake felt "like bombs were falling". AP

Residents carry some of their belongings in the small town of Visso in central Italy, Thursday, Oct 27, 2016, after a 5.9 earthquake destroyed part of the town. A pair of strong aftershocks shook central Italy late Wednesday, crumbling churches and buildings, knocking out power and sending panicked residents into the rain-drenched streets just two months after a powerful earthquake killed nearly 300 people. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

"Many houses have collapsed. Our town is finished," said Marco Rinaldi, mayor of the mountain town of Ussita. AP

Firefighters look up as they pass by the cross that fell from the facade of the Church of Santa Maria, a gothic church dating back to 1200, in the small town of Visso in central Italy, Thursday, Oct 27, 2016, after a 5.9 earthquake destroyed part of the town. A pair of strong aftershocks shook central Italy late Wednesday, crumbling churches and buildings, knocking out power and sending panicked residents into the rain-drenched streets just two months after a powerful earthquake killed nearly 300 people.(AP Photo/Sandro Perozzi)

This quake comes after a major quake in August that devastated the Italian mountain town of Amatrice, killing nearly 300 people. AP

Rescuers attend people sheltered in a bus hangar in Camerino, central Italy, Thursday, Oct 27, 2016, following an earthquake that hit the area. A pair of strong aftershocks shook central Italy late Wednesday, crumbling churches and buildings, knocking out power and sending panicked residents into the rain-drenched streets just two months after a powerful earthquake killed nearly 300 people. (Roberto Alimonti/ANSA via AP)

Hundreds of people awoke in emergency shelters in Italy on Thursday after fleeing their homes. AP

A view of the inside of the Church of St. Antony, dating back to the XIV century, in the small town of Visso in central Italy, Thursday, Oct 27, 2016, after a 5.9 earthquake destroyed part of the town. A pair of strong aftershocks shook central Italy late Wednesday, crumbling churches and buildings, knocking out power and sending panicked residents into the rain-drenched streets just two months after a powerful earthquake killed nearly 300 people. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Old buildings such as the Church of St. Antony, dating back to the XIV century, in the small town of Visso were affected by the earthquake. AP

A photographer walks among debris from the Church of St. Antony, dating back to the XIV century, in the small town of Visso in central Italy, Thursday, Oct 27, 2016, after a 5.9 earthquake destroyed part of the town. A pair of strong aftershocks shook central Italy late Wednesday, crumbling churches and buildings, knocking out power and sending panicked residents into the rain-drenched streets just two months after a powerful earthquake killed nearly 300 people. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Several Italian newspapers ran the headline 'The unending nightmare'. AP


Updated Date: Oct 27, 2016 15:54 PM

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