Historic buildings damaged by two earthquakes

As the dust settles after two earthquakes in central Italy, officials are reporting damage to historic buildings, but thankfully no fatalities.
Families rushed out of their homes fearing they were about to be crushed as an earthquake of 5.5 magnitude hit Italy, along with an 6.1 magnitude aftershock.
While teams of rescuers have still been unable to get to some areas, no one is thought to have died during the tremors.
The quakes did, however, cause widespread panic, coming so soon after a quake this summer which killed nearly 300 people.
Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said was a miracle no one had been killed in this latest quake, although dozens of people did need treatment for shock or minor injuries.
The latest earthquake struck near Visso in the Macerata province, with an initial 5.5 magnitude quake followed by an aftershock measuring 6.1 magnitude just two hours later.
Because people had already left their homes when the first quake shook them, that could have saved lives when the second quake hit.
Many homes have suffered severe damage, forcing residents to spend the night either in emergency shelters or even in their cars.
The quakes were felt across much of central Italy, including in the capital of Rome, where residents were reporting that windows rattled.
The mayor of Ussita, which is a community just three miles from the epicentre said the town was “finished” after a large number of houses collapsed because of the quake.
Around two-thirds of buildings in Visso itself are currently believed to be unsafe, and drinking water is in short supply. Most damaged buildings were already weak following the earthquake in August and the two new tremors exacerbated the situation.
Access to Visso has been restricted due to safety fears because rocks and boulders have been shaken down onto roads leading into the town.
The town of Camerino is also reporting a lot of damage while in Campo, Umbria, a 15th century church has completely collapsed.
While local residents are thankful that no one has lost their life as a result of the quake, they are now fearful for their livelihoods. The damage to tourist attractions such as ancient churches, coupled with fear of further quakes, may lead to visitors staying away during the coming winter tourist season, which is usually popular with hikers.
Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said the whole country was “wrapping its arms around” affected communities.