A new replica of the earthquake in central Italy on Wednesday, this time with moment magnitude 4.7, occurred on Friday morning, around 6.30 pm local time, announced the American Institute of Geophysics USGS. The quake occurred 5 km north of Amatrice.
Italy declared a state of emergency in the areas most severely affected by the earthquake on Wednesday, while the hope of finding more survivors is decreasing from hour to hour.
The Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who convened an emergency government meeting on Thursday night,decided to allocate in the first stage 50 million euros for reconstruction.
In addition, Renzi canceled fees for residents of the affected areas and announced a new initiative, “Case Italy”, designed to prevent poor construction. He warned, however, that it is absurd for anyone to believe that Italy may build completely earthquake-resistant houses. The measures come after the Italian media criticized the building standards in high-risk areas, given that some of the buildings that collapsed on Wednesday had been recently renovated.
At least 250 people, including three Britons, a Spaniard, five Romanians and other foreigners had died in the earthquake. At least 365 people were injured and evacuated to hospitals, according to an estimate provided by the Italian Civil Protection. Most of those killed or injured are tourists passing by, which complicates the identification of the bodies.
Most of the buildings affected were built hundreds of years ago, which explains the widespread destruction. Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said that all the 293 cultural sites in the region had collapsed or were severely damaged. The quake was followed by hundreds of aftershocks, of which the most recent onThursday afternoon, with a magnitude of 4.3, which caused panic Amatrice.