Italy earthquake: Second temblor within two months causes widespread devastation

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.

FP Staff October 27, 2016 15:54:47 IST
Italy earthquake: Second temblor within two months causes widespread devastation
Italy earthquake Second temblor within two months causes widespread devastation

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

Italy earthquake Second temblor within two months causes widespread devastation

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

Italy earthquake Second temblor within two months causes widespread devastation

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

Italy earthquake Second temblor within two months causes widespread devastation

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

Italy earthquake Second temblor within two months causes widespread devastation

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

Italy earthquake Second temblor within two months causes widespread devastation

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

Italy earthquake Second temblor within two months causes widespread devastation

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

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