Seven over 4.0-magnitude quakes hit Central Italy

MOSCOW — Seven over 4.0-magnitude earthquakes hit central Italy on Sunday, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported.

The natural disaster brought down numerous buildings across the country. No deaths have been reported but a number of people have been injured, the civil protection services said.

There are reports about destruction in the regions of Marche and Umbria.

Ussita Mayor Marco Rinaldi said as quoted by La Repubblica: “It all collapsed, I see columns of smoke, it is a disaster, it is a catastrophe, I have seen hell.”

Civil protection services are checking whether there were any casualties.

The most powerful 6.5-magnitude tremor was registered at 06:41 GMT. The epicenter of the earthquake laid 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) deep between the cities of Perugia and Macerata. The magnitude was initially measured at 7.1.

Six other powerful tremors, including those with 4.6 and 4.8 magnitude, followed the major earthquake.

Rome’s authorities closed the underground to conduct necessary security checks. There are no reports about any damages in Italy’s capital.

On Wednesday, two other earthquakes of magnitudes of 6.3 and 5.4 hit the region of Marche. Another tremor was felt in the late hours of the day.

On Aug. 24, a 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit Italy, causing damage across the regions of Umbria, Lazio and Marche and resulting in the deaths of over 290 people. PNA/