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AN earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale rocked central Italy today and was felt in the capital Rome, but there was no immediate word of any casualties.
Some residents in the city of l'Aquila, east of Rome in the mountainous Abruzzo region, ran out into the streets and there were reports of wide cracks in some homes.
The US Geological Survey said the epicentre of the quake, which struck at about 1.35am GMT (9.35am AEST), was believed to be some 85km northeast of Rome.
It initially put the scale of the quake at 6.7 but later lowered it 6.3.
Residents of Rome, which is rarely hit by seismic activity, were woken by the quake. Furniture rattled and car alarms went off.
The quake was the lastest and strongest in a series to hit the l'Aquila area in the past few days.
Earthquakes can be particularly dangerous in parts of Italy where centuries-old buildings are left in disrepair.
Originally posted by rattan1
reply to post by pluckynoonez
This is starting to get a bit scary now. I was a bit sceptical about the time wave theory.....but now I have to say that it might be right.
I was thinking about the planet X theory as well....could it be that it is in approach and somehow the gravity of Planet X is having an effect on our planet thus causing a surge in seismic activity....
A number of people were reported to have been injured and others trapped under rubble in the area where the city of l'Aquila is situated, but officials had few details on the situation. The quake was centred in the mountainous Abruzzo region east of Rome. Several old structures collapsed in l'Aquila, the Italian news agency Ansa reported. Residents in many parts of central Italy felt the quake and some ran out into the streets.
I'll go fer north of LA in Cali first...
Woman and baby die as 6.7 magnitude earthquake hits Italy
April 06, 2009 02:25pm
A STRONG 6.7 magnitude earthquake killed an elderly woman and a baby girl in central Italy's Abruzzo region today.
The two were pulled from the rubble of their home in the town of Fossa, near the Abruzzo capital L'Aquila, but rescue workers were unable to revive them, Italian television station Sky TG24 reported.
More casualties are feared in L'Aquila, where several homes collapsed and a student dormitory was partially damaged, the ANSA news agency reported after the quake that struck at 11.32 (3.32am Italian time).
The quake had a magnitude of 5.8 and its epicentre was five kilometres below L'Aquila, according to a statement by the Italian public safety authority.
The US Geological Survey put the quake at 6.3 magnitude and the Rome fire services reported a magnitude of 6.7.
The quake struck 95 kilometres northwest of Rome, at a depth of 10 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.
The earthquake came just hours after a 4.6-magnitude tremor shook Italy's north-central region with no reports of damage.
The epicentre of the earlier quake, which occurred at 7.20am (10.20pm Sunday in Italy) near Ravenna in the Emilia-Romagna region, was exceptionally deep at 28 kilometres, public safety officials said.
Because of its depth, the tremor was felt over a wide area, notably in the Marche region further south on the Adriatic coast.
People inland near Bologna, as far north as Trieste and as far south as Aquila also reported feeling the quake.