International desk – A strong earthquake has struck near Norcia in central Italy, destroying numerous buildings, according to BBC report.
It comes nearly two months after a major earthquake killed almost 300 people and destroyed several towns.
The quake early on Sunday measured 6.6, larger than August’s quake and aftershocks last week. It is thought to be Italy’s most violent in decades.
At least 11 people have been hurt but no deaths are reported so far. Many locals left after last week’s quakes.
Nine people have been pulled alive from the rubble, Italian media say.
Tremors were felt in the capital Rome, and as far away as Venice in the north. It was at a depth of only 1.5 kilometers.
Pope Francis mentioned the quake in his Sunday blessing in Rome’s St Peter’s Square.
“I’m praying for the injured and the families who have suffered the most damage, as well as for rescue and first-aid workers,” he said to loud applause.