New strong earthquake hits central Italy’s Amatrice

ROME — A new 4.8-magnitude earthquake has struck central Italy’s Amatrice, one of the worst areas affected by the Aug. 24 quake, the European Mediterranean Seismological Center said on Friday.

The epicenter of the quake was just 5 km. from the town. It occurred at the depth of 10 km.

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake jolted Italy on Wednesday at 3:36 a.m. local time, with a 5.4-magnitude aftershock that followed the initial quake. The tremors affected a wide area in the Apennines, shocks were felt as far away as Perugia, Rieti and Norcia to name a few. The earthquake’s epicenter was registered in the Rieti province at a depth of 4 km.

According to latest data, a total of 250 people were killed and 365 others were injured by the August 24 quake. Search and rescue efforts are underway. PNA/TASS/