Italy Rocked Again by 6.6-Magnitude Earthquake
Were they ready? After a deadly August quake nearby killed nearly 300 and lesser temblors spurred evacuations last week, central Italy was hit this morning by a 6.6-magnitude earthquake — the nation’s strongest in 36 years — sending panicked residents into streets and knocking down part of the medieval basilica where St. Benedict was born in Norcia. Deaths haven’t been reported, but 20 people were injured, some seriously, and 100,000 area inhabitants are unable to return home. Italian PM Matteo Renzi has pledged to rebuild, and seismologists warn of even bigger aftershocks.