Quake shakes central Italy near devastated quake zone

Quake shakes central Italy near devastated quake zone

Rome - Italy's national geophysics institute registered a 5.4 magnitude quake


Published: Wed 26 Oct 2016, 9:41 PM

Last updated: Thu 27 Oct 2016, 12:08 AM

A 5.4-magnitude earthquake rattled central Italy on Wednesday, downing power lines and sending panicked residents into the streets just two months after a powerful temblor toppled nearby villages, killing nearly 300 people.
There were scattered reports of pieces of buildings falling but no immediate reports of injuries.
“We’re without power, waiting for emergency crews,” said the mayor of Castel Santangelo Sul Nera, a tiny town just north of some of the hard-hit areas of the Aug. 24 quake. Speaking to Sky TG24, he said: “We can’t see anything. It’s tough. Really tough.”
Italy’s National Vulcanology Center said the quake struck at 7:10 p.m. with an epicenter at Macerata, near Perugia. The U.S. Geological Survey said it had a depth of some 10 kilometers, which is relatively shallow.
Experts say even relatively modest quakes that have shallow depths can cause significant damage because the seismic waves are closer to the surface.
The Aug. 24 quake destroyed the hilltop village of Amatrice and other nearby towns and had a depth of about 10 kilometers (six miles).
Wednesday’s quake was felt from Perugia in Umbria to the capital Rome to the central Italy town of Aquila, which was struck by a deadly quake in 2009. The mayor of Aquila, however, said there was no immediate report of damage.

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