Major earthquake rocks Central Italy

April 6th, 2009 - 9:10 am ICT by admin  

Rome, ITALY (BNO NEWS) — A major earthquake struck central Italy on Monday morning, officials tell BNO News.

The quake, which had a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 to 6.7, hit about 95 km northeast of Rome, according to several earthquake centers. A spokeswoman for the United States Geological Survey told BNO News that the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.3. A tsunami warning center earlier reported that the quake had a magnitude of 6.7.

There was no immediate word on casualties but residents in Rome were awaken by the earthquake, which struck at 3.33 a.m. local time. Earthquakes can be particularly dangerous in parts of Italy where centuries-old buildings are left in disrepair. An official with the USGS told Sky News that residents should prepare for aftershocks, which can be near the size of the original quake.

The quake follows a light earthquake earlier today, which struck several hours earlier.

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