31 Oct '16, 4am

#ItalyQuake: 3,000 homeless, landmarks damaged after Italy's most powerful quake in 36 years

#ItalyQuake: 3,000 homeless, landmarks damaged after Italy's most powerful quake in 36 years

NORCIA: Italy's most powerful earthquake in 36 years stuck the country's mountainous centre on Sunday (Oct 30), panicking shell-shocked residents for the third time in two months and flattening a world famous 600-year-old basilica. Remarkably, there were no reports of any fatalities as a result of the 6.6-magnitude quake but more than 3,000 people were left temporarily homeless, the national civil protection agency said. "We can confirm that we have no information on victims," said agency head Fabrizio Curcio, adding that 20 people had been injured, relatively lightly. However "many buildings are in a critical state in historic centres and there are problems with electricity and water supplies," Curcio told reporters. The quake struck at 7.40am (2.40pm Singapore time) near Norcia in the region of Umbria, unleashing a shock felt in the capital Rome and even in Venice, 300 k...

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