Strong earthquake in Marche

In many cities, houses shook for several seconds.

lzb./dpa The ground shook in Italy on Wednesday morning. The National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology recorded numerous earthquakes off the coast of Marche and Pesaro.

The strongest was a magnitude 5.7 tremor in the morning at 7:07 a.m., followed by another magnitude 4 at 7:12 a.m. After that, nine more earthquakes of magnitude 3.6 to 2.4 were reported. According to initial reports, no one was injured, but there were numerous reports of cracks and fissures in the walls of houses.

According to the Ansa news agency, a private clinic in Ancona was partially evacuated. In several cities in the region, school and university classes were suspended as a precaution. As a precaution, train traffic was suspended at Ancona due to suspected damage to the tracks and for checks to be carried out. The earthquake was clearly felt in almost all of central and northern Italy.

The fire and rescue service and civil protection authorities received many reports of damage to buildings – but this was not critical. Videos and photos on social networks showed items falling from supermarket shelves or plastering and cladding of railway stations and other houses deteriorating.

According to the National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), the first tremor was followed by more than 40 weaker tremors during the morning. According to INGV, the epicenter of the earthquake was about eight kilometers below the seabed. Under the circumstances, there was no threat of a tsunami, INGV President Carlo Doglioni told RaiNews24 TV station.

Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni announced that she is in constant contact with local authorities. Marche regional president Francesco Acquaroli reported more than 1,200 calls from citizens to hotlines, but no major damage.

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