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Quakes wreak widespread damage in central Italy

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e devastating power of an earthquake. A 15th century church collapsing in central Italy, during the largest of three major tremors on Wednesday evening. The magnitude 6.1 quake hitting just two months after a deadly tremor laid waste to the region. Reuters' Isla Binnie is in Visu.>> So there's a sense of a need to rebuild.
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And a sense of relief that the consequences, the human consequences, have not been worse. This area of central Italy was hit by a major earthquake in August which killed nearly 300 people. The quakes that struck on Wednesday evening have not led to any serious injuries and no deaths.
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The damage to buildings, however, has been very extensive. Including medieval churches and other buildings which have left the populations of lots of these hillside towns. Having to sleep in their cars or in Red Cross centers or other centers set up by the local community. Massive boulders that tumbled down the Apennines were still on the roads on Thursday morning.
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And emergency services were addressing the task of clearing up the towns. Interior Minister, Angelino Alfano, also said that the fact, that the first earthquake had been weaker than the second, had probably helped save lives.