An earthquake in Italy on Sunday struck the medieval walled town of Norcia as nuns, monks and priests were heading to morning prayer services, giving them just enough time to flee as the walls around them plunged to the ground.
- Magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits central region of Italy causing extensive damage
- Churches, monasteries and chapels in the region of Norcia were destroyed
- Earlier tremors had prompted people to flee their homes, preventing any deaths when the major quake struck
The quake hit the same central regions that have been rocked by repeated tremors over the past two months.
The magnitude-6.6 earthquake caused extensive damage but no fatalities, despite registering much higher than the earthquake which stuck on August 24 and killed almost 300 people.
Weakened by repeated powerful jolts in recent weeks, many of Norcia’s churches, monasteries and chapels were wrecked.