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Italy hit by largest earthquake for decades


A 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck central Italy yesterday morning (30 October), reported to be its largest for more than 35 years.

Many historic buildings were destroyed, although there are no reports of any fatalities. The quake hit the Umbria region at 07.40, with its epicentre in Norcia, Preci, and Castel Sant’Angelo sul Nera.

Buildings destroyed include the Basilica St Benedetto in Norcia (pictured).

Italian firefighters Vigili del Fuoco said it was operating more than 1,300 units and more than 530 vehicles on Sunday.

According to the US Geological Survey, this is reportedly the largest earthquake in Italy since the 6.9 magnitude Irpinia earthquake struck the south of the country in 1980.

Yesterday’s quake was felt throughout Italy. It follows the devastating earthquake in August also in Umbria, which destroyed the town of Amatrice and killed more than 240.


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