Quake Rattles Northern Italy

ROME (January 25, 2013)--A moderately strong earthquake rattled much of north-central Italy Friday, including skyscrapers in Milan, but authorities said the first reports indicated there were no injuries or major damage.

Italy's National Institute of Geology said the temblor with a magnitude of 4.8 struck shortly before 4 p.m. Friday.

Institute official Alberto Michelini told Sky TG24 TV the quake's epicenter was 13 miles north of Viareggio, a Tuscan sea resort, and was most strongly felt in the regions of Tuscany and Emiilia Romagna.

People in Milan skyscrapers and others in the Tuscan capital of Florence and in Bologna reported that they felt the quake.

Italy is quite earthquake-prone.

Over 300 people were killed in 2009 earthquake in L'Aquila in central Italy.


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