About 60 aftershocks have shaken central Italy, including the two strongest ones that toppled buildings and sent frightened residents running into the streets. Italy’s national vulcanology center says about 23 of the 60 or so temblors carried a magnitude of more than 3.0. That’s in addition to one that struck at 7:10 pm and measured 5.4, and another of 6.1, according to the US Geological Survey.
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The aftershocks on Wednesday night came after the August 24 quake that killed nearly 300 people. There have been no reports of serious injuries from the Wednesday temblors, though the ANSA news agency quoted local authorities as saying that a 73-year-old man in nearby Tolentino had died of a heart attack, possibly brought on by the quakes.
Since Wedneday night, getting people who fled their homes water and something warm to eat or drink has been the priority in Visso, the epicenter of the strong aftershocks that hit central Italy. That’s according to the town’s mayor speaking to The Associated Press. Mayor Giuliano Pazzaglini said, “Tomorrow morning we’ll need to get them bathrooms and something to eat. That’s the next thing. Then, of course, we’ll have to start putting up tents.”
Pazzaglini is among the 100 or so people he estimated had taken refuge at a local center set up by the Red Cross, hours after two strong aftershocks in Umbria and Marche regions toppled buildings and sent thousands running into the street. Authorities are setting up makeshift dorms inside the center and a nearby gym.
Many more chose to spend the night outside in their cars. The mayor said there was no time to take stock of the damage to the town and people’s homes. He said that will come later.