Central Italy rocked by two powerful earthquakes

Central Italy devastated after being rocked beneath two powerful earthquakes

A collapsed building in Visso

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Several towns and villages in central Italy have been damaged after being hit by two powerful earthquakes within hours of each other. 

The first earthquake struck southwest of the town of Visso at 7pm, measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale. The second followed, with a magnitude of 6.1 and an epicentre an estimated 3.2 kilometers north of Visso. 

The quakes resulted in damage in Visso and another town, Campi, where the historic church, San Salvatore, was destroyed by the tremors -- the first severely damaged the structure and the second finished it off. At the moment, no serious injuries have been reported. 

This is the same region which was affected by a powerful earthquake in August which left almost 300 people dead.