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Earthquake in Italy: Central and southern Italy feel the strong 7.1 magnitude tremors

Central And Southern Italy Was Under The Grip Of A Strong Earthquake Measuring 7.1 Magnitude On Sunday Morning.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Gautam Lalotra | Updated on: 30 Oct 2016, 01:13:21 PM
 Strong earthquake measuring 7.1 magnitude struck Central Italy - Representational Image

New Delhi:

A strong earthquake measuring 7.1 magnitude struck Central Italy on Sunday. The earthquake was felt at about 7.41 am. and was also felt in Rome. The USGS initially said the quake had a magnitude of 7.1 but that was then reduced to 6.6.

On October 26, the Southern European country was struck by  two powerful  earthquakes, one measuring 5.4 and two hours later a second measuring 5.9 magnitude rocked central Italy, damaging buildings and blocking roads.

The second quake with a magnitude of 6.1 was 3.2 kilometers (2 miles) north of Visso and 58 km (36 miles) from Perugia, the USGS reported.

Just a few hours earlier, a magnitude-5.5 quake struck the same region. The epicenter was about 9 kilometers away, south-southwest of the town of Visso. The first quake hit at 7 p.m. (1 p.m. ET) between Perugia and Macerata, according to ANSA.

Both tremors which struck in the late evening local time sent residents running into the streets.

Officials in the town of Visso, not far from one epicentre,repo rted a dozen injuries and the collapse of several old rural churches.

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First Published : 30 Oct 2016, 12:40:00 PM