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Earthquake strikes Central Italy – Report


A 4.8-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy north of Florence on Monday morning, sending residents into the streets as a precaution. Fortunately, there was no immediate damage reported.

Authorities closed some schools and temporarily delayed train services until railway lines could be inspected.

Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology recorded the quake with an epicenter near Marradi, a town of approximately 3,000 residents in the Apennine mountain range. The earthquake occurred at precisely 5:10 am (0310 GMT).

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Firefighters confirmed the incident and said that frightened residents had been calling emergency services, but no personal injuries had been reported.

The mayor of Marradi, Tommaso Triberti, told Rainews24 television that firefighters were conducting checks inside private homes.

“There is a lot of concern,” he said. “All the people are in the street but no particular damage has been reported.”

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