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Central Italy magnitude 5.3 quake causes minor damage

2018-08-17 00:34
A magnitude 5.3 quake struck the central Italian region of Molise on August 16 at a depth of 12 km, the U.S. Geological Survey said, forcing people to flee their homes but causing only minor damage. The mayor of Montecilfone, the city near the epicenter of the quake, said people were scared and left their homes, but there was only minor damage. The fire department confirmed that there had been no rescue calls from the area near the epicenter, noting that only slight damage to some buildings had been spotted. The Molise region's governor also said that only minor damage had been reported. Credit: Reuters