Italy earth­quakes

Malta Independent - - FRONT PAGE -

Wed­nes­day evening’s 5.5-mag­ni­tude quake struck near Visso in Mac­er­ata prov­ince, fol­lowed by a 6.1 mag­ni­tude tremor in the same area two hours later. The first tremor sent peo­ple run­ning out of their houses, po­ten­tially sav­ing lives when the sec­ond stronger quake struck. Nu­mer­ous smaller af­ter­shocks fol­lowed. Many houses have been badly dam­aged, forc­ing out hun­dreds of res­i­dents, who spent the night in cars and emer­gency shel­ters. Tem­po­rary shel­ter was be­ing of­fered to peo­ple whose homes were at risk. The quakes were felt across cen­tral Italy, in­clud­ing in the cap­i­tal, Rome, where build­ings shook and doors and win­dows rat­tled.

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