The Basilica of St Benedict in Norcia, Italy, was destroyed by the latest earthquake to hit central Italy on october 30, 2016 (Photo credits: Vigili del Fuoco)

Another earthquake hits central Italy

The area was still recovering after another major earthquake this past summer.

You might remember the photos of a young Barack Obama visiting the streets of L’Aquila during the G8 summit in Italy in the summer of 2009. The city was still being re-constructed as the area was hit by a terrible earthquake a few months earlier, on April 6, 2009.

It was the first summit attended by the newly-elected Obama, who assumed office as President of the United States on January 20 that same year.

US President Barack Obama touring earthquake damage during the G8 summit in L’Aquila, Italy, July 8, 2009 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Fast forward 7 years, this past summer another earthquake hit an area north of L’Aquila, bringing devastation to many small towns in central Italy, including Norcia and Amatrice. Three other earthquakes hit again towards the end of October, bringing more devastation to the area and forcing many out of their homes. Those last tremors were felt as far as the capital Rome.


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