An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 off the Adriatic coast of Italy this morning led to panicked residents rushing into the streets.

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 off the Adriatic coast of Italy this morning led to panicked residents rushing into the streets. The earthquake, which struck offshore at a depth of eight kilometres, occurred just after 0700 (0600 GMT). It was followed a few minutes later by a 4.0 magnitude quake in the same region and was felt as far away as Rome. Civil protection services did not report any immediate casualties or damage. However, schools have been closed in the region so that inspections can be carried out in the establishments and trains have been cancelled, according to regional authorities. In 2016, a deadly earthquake struck Marche, Umbria and Lazio, killing 297 people and injuring hundreds more.

 

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