VIDEO: Multiple strong earthquakes hit Italy

ROME (KRON) — A 5.4 magnitude earthquake rattled Rome on Wednesday, just hours later, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit Central Italy.

The powerful aftershock shook the city, crumbling churches and buildings, knocking out power, closing a major highway and sending panicked residents into the rain-drenched streets.

The first quake carried a magnitude of 5.4, but the second one was even stronger, with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 according to the German Research Centre for Geosciences. The U.S. Geological survey put the magnitude at 6.0 and said the epicenter was in Visso, where buildings crumbled into the street.

People screamed in the streets after the second temblor of the night. “It was a very strong earthquake, apocalyptic,” Ussita Mayor Marco Rinaldi told the ANSA news agency. “People are screaming on the street and now we are without lights.”

One person was injured in the epicenter of Visso, where the rubble of collapsed buildings tumbled into the streets. But the Civil Protection agency, which initially reported two injured, had no other immediate reports of injuries or deaths.


Just two months ago, a powerful temblor toppled villages in central Italy, killing nearly 300 people. The USGS reports the earthquake had a 5.5 magnitude.

The earthquake on August 24 destroyed hilltop village of Amatrice and other nearby towns.

Associated Press contributed to this report.


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