The bell tower of Amatrice, in central Italy after the earthquake rocked the town.
The bell tower of Amatrice, in central Italy after the earthquake rocked the town. Massimo Percossi

Quake hits Vatican, all of Italy

SOME of the oldest parts of the Vatican have been damaged by Italy's latest earthquake and aftershocks.

Rome's most important sites have been shut down to allow teams to check for damage and ensure people are safe after the strongest quake in nearly 36 years.

There were no immediate reports of deaths, but about 20 people received injuries.

Closest to the epicentre of the 6.6 magnitude quake was the ancient city of Norcia.

But it was so strong that it shook the foundations of much of Rome and the Vatican. The effects were felt as far north as Austria and all the way down to the south end of Italy.

The powerful earthquake rocked the area of central and southern Italy as was hit by a quake in August and two aftershocks in recent days, sending already damaged buildings crumbling.

Thousands of people are spending the night in cars, tents and temporary accommodation following the fourth earthquake in the area in three months.

with INM



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