5.4 magnitude earthquake strikes central Italy
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The epicentre of the Italy earthquake was located just to the south of Amatrice, the mountain town devastated by the first of the earthquakes which had struck the mountainous centre of the country between August and October in 2016.
Earthquake in Italy – Representative image (Getty)
Nearly 300 people died in that 6.0 magnitude quake, most of them in Amatrice, a beauty spot which was packed with holiday makers at the height of the summer season.
Two further quakes rattled the region in October, with the most powerful measuring 6.5 magnitude.
The latest quake came in the wake of 36 hours of continuous snowfall in areas close to Amatrice and another badly-hit mountain town, Norcia.
As a result of 2016’s quakes many residents have been evacuated to temporary accommodation outside the earthquake-prone zone along Italy’s mountainous spine.