Earthquake of 5.4 magnitude strikes central Italy: report

Italy earthquake: The quake was recorded 111 km (69 miles) northeast of Rome at a depth of 10 km, the centre said on its website.

By: Reuters | Rome | Updated: January 18, 2017 3:48 pm
A cat wanders amid rubbles in the quake-hit town of Amatrice, central Italy, covered by a white blanket of snow, Thursday, January 5, 2017. An August 24 earthquake killed almost 300 people last year in central Italy and was followed by further devastating shakes in October. (Emiliano Grillotti/ANSA via AP) A cat wanders amid rubbles in the quake-hit town of Amatrice, central Italy, covered by a white blanket of snow, Thursday, January 5, 2017. An August 24 earthquake killed almost 300 people last year in central Italy and was followed by further devastating shakes in October. (Emiliano Grillotti/ANSA via AP)

An earthquake shook central Italy on Wednesday morning, including the capital Rome and regions which were hit by a series of deadly tremors last year.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake had a magnitude of 5.3 and struck 104 km (65 miles) northeast of Rome and just 7 km from the town of Amatrice, which was flattened by a powerful tremor last August.

The Aug. 24 quake killed 300 people and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses. More than 45,000 aftershocks have since rattled the region, including a 6.6 magnitude quake in October, the biggest tremor to strike Italy for 36 years.

The recent quakes have reshaped more than 600 square km (230 square miles) of land, lowering areas around the epicentre by up to 70 cm (28 inches), according to data released by Italy’s National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV).

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