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Powerful Earthquakes Near Rome, Italy

19 January, 2017, 00:50 | Author: Eddie Kim

The quake occurred 108 kilometers northeast of Rome at a depth of 10 kilometers.

The quakes came as the region was digging out from a nearly three feet of snow that was still falling in some areas, and there were fears that buildings weakened by the quake might collapse under the weight of snow and ice.

Tremors were felt in Lazio, Abruzzo, and Marche and even Rome itself.

Last summer a series of strong earthquakes hit central Italy, leaving 299 dead. There were no immediate reports of damage of injuries from the latest quake.

"Some areas have no electricity because of the snow, so even cellphones don't work", said Sante Stragoni, mayor of Acquasanta Terme, a town hit hard by a quake on August 24 that killed 300 people.

The epicenter is understood to be between the cities of L'Aquila - where more than 300 people were killed in a devastating natural disaster in 2009 - and Rieti.

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At least four aftershocks measuring between 4.1 and 2.5 magnitude have also been felt in central Italy. There are no reports so far of any injuries in the latest quakes.

Some Rome metro stations were evacuated as a precautionary measure and services suspended.

"I don't know if we did something bad. That's what I have been asking since yesterday", Amatrice Mayor Sergio Pirozzi told the AFP news agency. We have got up to two metres of snow and now another quake.

The first quake's epicentre was just four miles from Amatrice - a town devastated last summer by another natural disaster. They were all centered less than five miles from Amatrice.

Italy straddles the Eurasian and African tectonic plates, making it vulnerable to seismic activity when they move.

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