A new strong quake of magnitude 6.5 shook central Italy at 7.40 this morning. The earthquake, with its epicenter in Norcia, near Perugia, was also felt in Rome, Florence and Bolzano. The quake originated 10 kilometers deep. The head of civil protection, Fabrizio Curcio, said that currently there are several injuries, but there are no reports of dead.
In Tolentino three people were pulled alive from the rubble, where there have been several collapses since the last earthquake. “There are total collapses of houses in the old town. we do not know if there are victims, communications are hard – said the mayor of Tolentino, Giuseppe Pezzanesi -. The situation is explosive, the tremors are followed, it is not easy to calm the people, the citizens are crying, screaming. ”
“The situation is disastrous, everywhere collapses, is dramatic,” said the mayor of Norcia, Nicola Alemanno after the new violent shake this morning. The Basilica of St. Benedict and the Cathedral of Santa Maria Argentea, in Norcia, collapsed: they are left standing part of the facades and structures.
Ussita e Arquata del Tronto
Fear in Ussita, where the mayor, Marco Rinaldi, said that “everything has collapsed, I see columns of smoke is a disaster. I slept in the car, I saw hell “. Panic in Arquata del Tronto, too, where after the quake of magnitude 6.1, it were new collapses. “It came down everything, now there aren’t more countries – said the mayor Aleandro Petrucci -. Luckily they were red zones. THE few people who remained went into the street, they are embraced. Now we’re going around the villages to see what happened. ”
Fear also in Rome for the new earthquake felt this morning in the capital, stronger than the past few days. According to what has been learned, they are already tens phone calls to the firemen arrived. The frightened people went to the street in different parts of the city. They have been temporarily suspended metro lines A, B and B1, as a result of the earthquake of 7:41, “for technical checks.” Checks also on the railway lines Roma-Viterbo, Roma-Lido, Termini-Centocelle. This was communicated by Atac.