3 Nov 2016

Magnitude 5.0 quake hits central Italy

2:48 pm on 3 November 2016

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck central Italy in the same region hit by recent strong quakes.

The US Geological Survey said the temblor, which struck at 1.35am local time, was very shallow, only 10km deep, and was centred 51.5km southeast of Perugia.

Earthquakes measuring 5.5 and 6.1 hit the area on 26 October, followed by a 6.6 magnitude quake on Sunday, the biggest tremor to strike Italy for 36 years.

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake is considered moderate and is capable of causing considerable damage. The shallow depth would have intensified the shaking at the surface.

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