Central Italy hit by two powerful earthquakes

Oct 27, 2016, 4:51 AM EDT
Damage in Italy following an earthquake in 2012.
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Central Italy was struck by two powerful earthquakes within an interval of two hours on Wednesday night. The two tremors, measuring 5.5 and 6.1 on Richter scale, struck near Visso in Macerata province. Italian officials said that both the quakes were actually the aftershocks to the earthquake on August 24, which ripped through central Italy, killing more than 300 people in south of Visso.

The town of Camerino suffered major damage, with two churches and several homes flattened as repeated aftershocks continued to jolt the region, writes the BBC. No casualties were reported even hours after the tremors however, several people were being treated for minor injuries or anxiety.

Marco Rinaldi, mayor of the town of Ussita, described the damage as “apocalyptic,” while adding that there were no fatalities in the town, reports The Guardian.

The disaster has struck at a time when mountain villages of Amatrice, Accumoli, Arquata del Tronto and Pescara del Tronto are still recovering from the devastating earthquake in August, which resulted in a loss worth four billion euros. More than 1,400 people in these villages are still sheltered in makeshift accommodations, with limited access to power and other resources.