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Thursday 25 December 2014

Earthquake shakes Italy

An earthquake has struck southern Italy
An earthquake has struck southern Italy

An earthquake has rattled much of southern Italy, sending frightened people into the streets of Naples and in towns in the countryside.

Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology said the quake at 6:08pm (1708 GMT) had a magnitude of 4.9 and struck some 6.5 miles underground. Its epicentre was northeast of Naples between the towns of Caserta and Benevento.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The Italian news agency LaPresse said the earth shook as far away as Puglia, in the southeastern heel of the boot-shaped peninsula as well as in Naples.

News reports said people in Naples, which suffered a devastating quake in 1980, ran into the streets out of fear.

AP

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