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Italy earthquake: Second strong quake felt across the country

Published 26/10/2016

Rome has been hit by a strong earthquake
Rome has been hit by a strong earthquake

A second powerful earthquake has shaken central Italy after a quake knocked out power and closed a major motorway earlier on Wednesday.

The German Research Centre for Geosciences put the magnitude of the second quake at 5.9.

The quake was felt as far south as Rome, with buildings swaying for even longer than the initial quake.

There are no immediate reports of damage but the quake was felt in the capital's historic centre, shaking the centuries-old palazzi.

Italy's National Vulcanology Centre said the epicentre of the first quake was close to Macerata, near Perugia.

The US Geological Survey said it had a depth of some 10 kilometres.

It comes just two months after a powerful quake toppled villages in central Italy, killing nearly 300 people.

The previous quake - on August 24 - destroyed the hilltop village of Amatrice and other nearby towns.

Wednesday's quake was felt from Perugia in Umbria to the central Italy town of Aquila, which was struck by a deadly quake in 2009.

The mayor of Aquila, however, said there was no immediate report of damage.

This is a developing story and will be updated

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