9 June 2012, 12:00

Another 4.5-magnitude quake hits northern Italy

Another 4.5-magnitude quake hits northern Italy

A 4.5-magnitude earthquake struck off northern Italy early Saturday at a depth of 7.1 km, Italy’s Agi news agency reports. The quake hit the Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia regions at 04:04 a.m. local time, Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) says. Its epicenter was located not far from the town of Claut.

A 4.5-magnitude earthquake struck off northern Italy early Saturday at a depth of 7.1 km, Italy’s Agi news agency reports.

The quake hit the Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia regions at 04:04 a.m. local time, Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) says. Its epicenter was located not far from the town of Claut.

People rushed into the streets in panic as their houses began to shake. There have been no reports of casualties or damage.

Today’s quake is the latest in a series of tremors that hit northern Italy over the past three weeks. 

Previously, two quakes erupted in the Emilia Romagna region on May 20 and 29, killing 25 people and creating havoc.

Another 4.5-magnitude earthquake struck Italy off its northeast coast out in the Adriatic Sea.

The total death toll amounts to 26 people, with over 400 Italians injured and 15,000 left homeless.

RIAN

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