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Two strong earthquakes hit central Italy, several injured, no casualties reported

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 27 October 2016, 8:17 IST
Two strong earthquakes hit central Italy, several injured, no casualties reported
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A series of strong earthquakes hit central Italy on Wednesday, measuring 6.0 and 5.4 magnitude on richter scale. While there was no casualties, several people were injured in the town of Visso.

According to an international news agency, the vibrations were felt more than 150 km south in Rome. The epicentres of both quakes were near the town of Castelsantangelo sul Nera in the Marche region.

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The quake resulted in collapse of several old rural churches and schools remained shut.

Media reports suggests that the US Geological Survey initially attributed a magnitude of 5.6 to the first quake and 6.4 to the second, before revising them lower. USGS said the epicentre was at a depth of about 10 km (6 miles).

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Mayor of Castelsantangelo sul Nera, Mauro Falucci, said around 300 residents had gathered in a town square due to absence of electricty. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi cancelled engagements to follow developments.

 
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