Another Earthquake in Central Italy

It’s another busy start to the workweek here in the travel industry — here’s the latest.

Another earthquake struck Italy over the weekend, this one measuring 6.6 in magnitude and centered near the same region as the August earthquake that killed nearly 300 people, the BBC reports. This time there were no deaths reported, but 20 people were injured and the damage to the area around the town of Norica was extensive.

A view of the collapsed Cathedral of St. Benedict in Norcia, central Italy. // Photo by AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia
A view of the collapsed Cathedral of St. Benedict in Norcia, central Italy. // Photo by AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia

According to the BBC the earthquake has sent 15,000 people to shelters and shut down Rome’s metro system on Sunday. Additionally, the Ponte Mazzini has been shut to traffic after cracks appeared in the early 20th century bridge, and a crack has also appeared in the facade of St. Paul’s Basilica.

The Local it reports that Norica’s 14th-century Basilica, built on the reputed birthplace of Saint Benedict, was destroyed, with only the facade left standing. Additionally, in Amatrice, a 13th-century civic tower that had been damaged by the August earthquake collapsed.

Two powerful earthquakes had also hit Italy last Wednesday, causing few injuries.

We have reached out to contacts in the travel industry for further updates — stay tuned to www.destinationswithcharacter.com for the latest details.

 

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