Earthquakes strike central Italy

Amphitheatre in Rome

Three earthquakes have struck central Italy, with tremors being felt in Rome and Florence.

The quakes come just months after nearly 300 people were killed in Amatrice, some 60 miles north of the capital.

Residents there reported buildings started to shake around 10.30 am local time, when the first earthquake hit with a magnitude of 5.4.

The second quake hit the same area 50 minutes later, with a magnitude of 5.7, and 10 minutes after the lesser of the three struck with a magnitude of 5.3.

There have been no reports of destruction or injury, although the Rome metro had to be evacuated and rail services and schools were closed after the second quake.


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