Huge earthquake hits Norcia in central Italy

Last updated at 10:47
Basilica of St Benedict in Norcia destroyedTwitter/monksofnorcia

A powerful earthquake measuring magnitude 6.6 has struck near the town of Norcia in central Italy.

Several earthquakes have happened in the region over recent months, but it is thought to be Italy's worst in decades.

Many buildings have been destroyed, including a major church.

It's not yet clear how many injuries there are, but so far no-one has died. Many people had already been evacuated after tremors over the past week.

A building damaged in L"Aquila in ItalyEPA

The quake comes two months after nearly 300 people died after a strong quake in the region.

Emergency services are doing what they can to help people who have been affected.

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