27 Oct 2016

Strong quakes shake central Italy

9:16 pm on 27 October 2016

Strong quakes have hit central Italy, two months after an earthquake killed almost 300 people and levelled small towns.

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck struck 70km east of the central Italian city of Perugia, about 6.20pm local time.

An hour earlier a 5.4-magnitude earthquake hit near the border between the regions of Marche and Umbria.

Early reports indicated some older buildings had collapsed, but there have been no reports of casualties.

The tremor was felt in Amatrice, the town worst hit by the devastating quake two months ago, according to RAI state TV, and both quakes were felt in Rome.

On 24 August, a 6.2 earthquake killed 290 people and levelled several small towns. It struck in the early hours of the morning, 76km southeast of Perugia.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said he was in contact with the civil protection agency.

- Reuters

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