Quake rat­tles cen­tral area, Rome, shak­ing his­toric palazzi

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

An earth­quake with a pre­lim­i­nary mag­ni­tude of 5.4 rat­tled a broad swath of cen­tral Italy, in­clud­ing Rome, on Wed­nes­day, just two months af­ter a pow­er­ful tem­blor top­pled vil­lages, killing nearly 300 peo­ple.

There were no im­me­di­ate re­ports of dam­age.

Italy’s Na­tional Vul­canol­ogy Cen­ter said the epi­cen­ter was near Mac­er­ata, near Peru­gia. The U.S. Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey said it had a depth of some 10 kilo­me­ters, which is rel­a­tively shal­low.

The quake was felt across a broad swath of cen­tral and south­ern Italy, shak­ing cen­turies-old palazzi in Rome’s his­toric cen­ter.

The Aug. 24 quake de­stroyed the hill­top vil­lage of Ama­trice and other nearby towns.

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.

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