A strong 5.4-magnitude earthquake hit Italy on Wednesday evening.

The quake, which struck at 7.11 p.m. (local time), was clearly felt in other provinces of Marche, in the cities of Perugia and Ancona and as far as the capital Rome, which lies nearly 230 km away.

Some buildings were toppled near the epicenter, but no casualties were reported in the immediate aftermath of the event.

seismologist Alessandro Amato said “This quake occurred within the area already hit by the previous one. It might be the opening of a new fault line,”

On August 24, the regions of Lazio and Marche were hit by a 6.0-magnitude earthquake that killed 298 people and injured nearly 400.

 

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