BREAKING NEWS

Multiple earthquakes have hit central Italy, measuring from 4.8 to 5.7 on the Richter scale, seismologists say.

Parts of the same region were devastated by a series of strong tremors in August, 2016.

The first of the ‘quakes hit just after 10.30 on Wednesday morning (January 18).

The epicentre is said to be in Montereale, l’Aquila province, around 90 kilometres north-east of Rome.

According to the US Geological Survey, each quake struck at a depth of around 10 kilometres.

They were felt in the areas of Lazio, Abruzzo and Marche.

There is no news yet of casualties or damage.

Eyewitnesses say the tremors were felt in Rome and people have been evacuated from schools and the metro system in the capital as a precaution.



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