Two strong earthquakes have hit central Italy, damaging buildings and injuring dozens of people. A 5.5-magnitude quake struck at 19:10 near Visso in Macerata province, followed two hours later by a 6.1 magnitude tremor in the same area.
Visso is 70km (45 miles) from Amatrice, which was badly damaged in the 6.2 magnitude quake in August earthquake killed about 300 people.
Wednesday’s earthquakes were felt across central Italy, including in the capital, Rome, where buildings shook and doors and windows rattled. Italy’s civil protection chief Fabrizio Curcio said Tens of people were hurt, but only four people suffered serious injuries.
The second earthquake was considerably stronger than the first and numerous smaller aftershocks have occurred. One witness told Italian TV he saw part of a building collapse in front of him, BBC reports.
The town of Camerino is thought to have been badly damaged, and everyone is leaving Camerino by foot or car to seek safety. Two churches are destroyed and many houses have fallen.
The first earthquake, 7km south-west of Visso, was relatively shallow, at a depth of 9km (nearly six miles). The second, at 21:18 local time, was 2km northwest of Visso, at a depth of 10km. These tremors were linked to the August earthquake, Italian officials said.
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