Central Italy has been rocked by aftershocks following Monday’s earthquake.

Aftershocks occurred both yesterday and early this morning in the city of L’Aquila and its surroundings, where more than 250 people died following Monday’s quake which measured 6.3 on the Richter scale.

A further 100 people remain in a critical condition while around 20,000 people have been made homeless as many of the Medieval buildings crumbled in the quake.

The disaster has had little effect on the UK travel trade, despite occurring less than 60 miles from Rome. The area around L’Aquila is off the beaten track for most tourists.

However, there have been reports of ‘incalculable’ damage to the country’s cultural heritage, with officials calling for £27m to undertake protection and restoration work.

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