Italy is suffering from the earthquake the second time in this year. The August quake have killed about 300 people, devastated the town of Amatrice, now the earthquake wasn’t so powerful, say police, but autumn bad weather hampers the rescue efforts.
Italy, its central part, survived two strong earthquakes damaged buildings and injured dozens of people. Wednesday evening’s 5.5-magnitude quake struck near Visso in Macerata province, followed by a 6.1 magnitude tremor in the same area. According to the officials, the situation is not “catastrophic”, no deaths reported, but many injured. Historic buildings have collapsed, and one mayor said his town was “finished”.
The residents of Rome said local buildings shook and doors and windows rattled during the two quakes last night. The first tremor gave people some time to leave their houses. The second truck was much stronger, said Italy’s civil protection chief Fabrizio Curcio:
“Ultimately, the situation is not as catastrophic as might have been expected.”
The night earthquake was accompanied by the torrential rain, such a bad weather hampers rescue operations. The police, firefighters and rescuers could start their job only in the morning, when rain has stopped and the sun arose. The day condition has allowed emergency workers here to get a better picture of the damage.
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi tweeted:
“I want to thank those working in the rain in the earthquake zones. All of Italy is wrapping its arms around the communities that have been hit once again.”