ITALIAN Police has released a shocking aerial footage of the dramatic aftermath of a 4.8 magnitude earthquake in Catania, Sicily, close to the volcano Mount Etna which continues to erupt.
The terrifying video released by Italian Police forces shows Catania, the second largest city in Sicily, Italy, completely destroyed after a 4.8 magnitude earthquake hit the Italian region on Wednesday. The quake stroke on the slopes of Mount Etna, the most active volcano in Europe which is still erupting following the trembles.
The earthquake comes just two days after Mount Etna started erupting, spewing a thick cloud of ash and smoke into the sky on Monday, December 24. At least 30 people were injured by falling debris in the initial tremor and the aftershocks that followed.
The video shows the extensive damaged caused by the quake to buildings and cars.
The earthquake’s epicentre was traced to the northern slopes of Mount Etna in the municipalities of Viagrande and Trecastagni.
Damaged and collapsed buildings were reported in Fleri, Santa Venerina and Zafferana Etna.
Vito Crimi, a government undersecretary, said: “Etna remains a dangerous volcano, and this country of ours is unfortunately fragile.”
The eruption also damaged the church of Maria Santissima del Carmelo in Pennisi. The bell tower and the statue of Sant'Emidio collapsed.
Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has been criticised for lack of support for the victims who have seen their properties damaged.
Instead, Mr Salvini uploaded a photo of his breakfast and wrote: "My Boxing Day starts with bread and Nutella, and yours?".