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New Zealand begins earthquake evacuations

The New Zealand military have begun evacuating Kaikoura. Credit: EBU

New Zealand has begun the rescue operation of about 1,000 tourists and residents of Kaikoura after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the region on Sunday.

The county's defence force said it started to evacuate people by military helicopter from 9am local time.

They said a navy ship from Auckland is due to arrive in the area on Wednesday morning.

Kaikoura is a popular destination for travellers on whale-watching expeditions and is home to 2,000 residents.

However Sunday's earthquake cut water supplies and sewerage systems leaving the entire population stranded.

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Italy quake: Drone footage reveals scale of devastation

Drone footage has emerged showing the scale of devastation left behind by a 6.6 magnitude earthquake that struck Italy on Sunday morning.

Homes, churches and other structures were destroyed in the second major tremor to hit the country in the last two months, with building collapses reported throughout the Umbria region, including in the town of Tolentino.

'Domino effect' quakes could go on for weeks, expert warns

Several people have been hurt and thousands evacuated after an earthquake measuring 6.6 magnitude struck central Italy. Credit: REUTERS/Remo Casilli

The domino effects of the earthquake which shook the Umbrian town of Norcia, Italy, on Sunday morning could be felt across the country for weeks, a leading seismologist has warned.

Thousands of people have already been made homeless following the early morning tremors but according to experts there could be more earthquakes to come along the central Apennine fault system.

Italy's PM pledges to rebuild 'all' structures after quakes

Italy has been experiencing several earth tremors since August. Credit: Reuters/Remo Casilli

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has promised to rebuild "all the homes, churches and properties destroyed in a string of earthquakes over the past two months".

Mr Renzi was speaking on Sunday just hours after another powerful quake hit the centre of the country.

We will rebuild everything, the houses, the churches and the businesses. Everything that needs to be done to rebuild these areas will be done.

– Prime Minister Matteo Renzi

Several people were hurt during the latest tremor on Sunday and emergency services reported widespread damage, but no deaths.

Several people injured after powerful Italy earthquake

Several people have been injured, one seriously, in Italy quake. Credit: PA Photos

One person has been seriously injured in the strong earthquake that hit central Italy.

Several others have also been hurt in the 6.6 magnitude tremor and hundreds are believed to have been left homeless.

Civil Protection chief Fabrizio Curcio said: "No deaths have been reported, but there are a number of people injured."

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Italy earthquake: People flee collapsing buildings

The powerful earthquake that struck central Italy on Sunday saw people running from collapsing buildings.

The quake measured 6.6 according to the US Geological Survey and was centred close to the Umbrian town of Norcia.

The strong tremor badly damaged the historic Basilica of St. Benedict. Nuns and priests were seen being helped by firefighters as they sort safety in the town square.

The emergency services were checking to see if there were any casualties, said civil protection authorities.

Powerful earthquake strikes central Italy

The historic Basilica of St. Benedict was badly damaged. Credit: AP

An earthquake measuring 6.6 magnitude has struck central Italy, according to the US Geological Survey.

The earthquake has brought down several buildings.

There are no immediate reports of fatalities, but a number of people have been injured, including one seriously.

According to the USGS, the quake was centred 68 km east southeast of Perugia and was 108 km deep.

Aftershocks hit Italy two months after earthquake

Damage to buildings in the area. Credit: APTN

Italy has been struck by two earthquakes within hours of each other.

The quakes are aftershocks from the earthquake which killed 300 people in the same area in August.

Both struck near the central Italian city of Perugia with tremors felt as far away as Rome, some 145 miles south-west.

The first quake measured 5.4 on the Richter scale but the second, stronger quake measured 6.4.

Two quakes struck in just two hours. Credit: Reuters

Officials in the town of Visso, not far from the epicentre, reported several injuries.

Several churches dating back to the 15th century collapsed or were damaged.

Some residents said they were without power as night fell.

Glasses smashed on the floor of a restaurant. Credit: RTV

The epicentres of both quakes were near the town of Castelsantangelo sul Nera in the Marche region.

Given the size, depth and location of the quakes, the US Geological Society estimates about 12 million people likely felt at least weak shaking.

This original quake was about 12 miles north-west of the original shock, which puts it on the northern edge of the aftershock sequence and two months is normal for aftershocks.

The August 6.2 quake was five times bigger than Wednesday's and was 11 times stronger based on energy released.

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