In central Italy another aftershock hit the region, causing further destruction and panic among residents. After a devastating earthquake hit central Italy on Monday, a 5.6 magnitude aftershock struck the same area on Tuesday. More buildings have been destroyed, sending panicked residents into the streets. The tremor hit at around 7:48 pm local time. Local media report the basilica in central L'Aquila has collapsed as well. Some residents have left town to escape the chaos. The aftershock was felt as far away as Rome, where furniture swayed on the upper floors of buildings. A strong aftershock, 4.7 on the Richter Scale, struck in the late morning. It hindered rescue efforts and prompted the Italian prime minister to advise residents not to return to their homes as further tremors are expected. The latest seismic activity hit when people were settling in for the night. They were at tent camps set up by the Civil Protection Department in charge of coordinating the relief and rescue effort in the Abruzzo region. Monday's quake, the worst to strike Italy in 30 years, killed more than 200 people and injured 1500. A hundred of them are in serious condition. The estimated number of homeless stands at 50000, but at least the number of missing is under 50.
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