Lives have been turned upside down in Italy's historic town of Norcia, with residents displaced and much of the town reduced to rubble after Sunday's 6.6 magnitude earthquake. Jillian Kitchener reports.
History, reduced to rubble in Norcia. Sunday's 6.6 magnitude earthquake forced many to flee as church walls crashed down around them. There were no reports of death, but many buildings are wrecked... like the Basilica of St. Benedict, believed to mark the birthplace of the patron saint of Europe. Amid the clean-up, the local Fire Brigade is assessing the damage. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) FIREFIGHTER, DOMENICO DE VITA, SAYING: "We will try to rescue all the cultural heritage that has survived but we are right in the centre of seismic activity, the tremors are very, very intense. Such intensity has not been recorded here in many years, the tremors are so strong it is really difficult for us to safeguard our cultural and artistic heritage here." Lives had already been turned upside down by earthquakes and tremors over the past two months. Cracks have appeared in the nearby mountainside and officials warn that seismic activity could go on for weeks. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) NORCIA RESIDENT, RICCARDO SALVIANI, SAYING: "I slept outside, unfortunately we are really scared with all the aftershocks that keep rattling the area. We are really sad and don't really know what to do now. It's hard to find the words to describe our situation." Authorities say more than 15,000 people are staying in hotels and temporary accommodation in central Italy -- many scared of what could come next.