The earthquake originated in the Marche region, but was warned throughout the center of the country, including Florence and Rome
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Madonna delle Grazie's head partially collapsed after an earthquake in Pesaro, Italy, on November 9, 2022 (EFE/EPA/DAVIDE GENNARI)
A 5.7-magnitude earthquake shook the center of Italy on Wednesday without significant damage being reported for the time being, as confirmed by the fire department.
The earthquake originated at 7:07 a.m. (6:07 GMT) off the coast of the town of Marchigiana Pesarese, in Pesaro Urbino, in the region of < b>The Marches (central Italy) and at a depth of 8 kilometers, but it was reported throughout the center of the country, including Florence and Rome, reported the Italian Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV).
The epicenter of the earthquake was in the Adriatic Sea, on the coast of the town of Marchigiana Pesarese (Italian Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology – INGV)
After the first tremor there were two others of lesser intensity of 3.4 and 4.0 degrees, according to the same sources.
The Fire Department wrote on its social networks that at the moment no requests for help have been receivedfrom people, but controls are being carried out in several buildings where cracks have appeared or debris has fallen , especially in the cities of Ancona and Pesaro, where the earthquake was felt with greater intensity.
Passengers at the Pesaro station (EFE)
At the moment no Significant damage has been recorded and only moments of great fear have been experienced among the population due to the intensity and long duration of the tremor.
Only the firefighters of Ancona reported that they had to evacuate the Villa Igea private clinic to carry out checks on the structure.
Still, schools in the region remained closed for inspections and rail traffic was suspended as a precaution near Ancona on the Adriatic line. , due to possible damage to the tracks and to carry out controls.
Debris at the Ancona train station after the earthquake (EFE)
The mayor of Senigallia, in the province of Ancona, Massimo Olivetti ordered the closure of schools to verify the viability of the buildings.
The mayors of the cities in the area, such as Fano , Pesaro and Ancona, decided as a precautionary measure to close all educational centers to carry out controls.
Teachers and students stand up after leaving classrooms following an earthquake in Pesaro, Italy, on 09 November 2022 (EFE/EPA/DAVIDE GENNARI)
The Italian Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, “is constantly in contact with the Civil Protection department and the president of the Marche Region “to follow the evolution of the situation after the earthquake that occurred in the morning,” reported government sources.
Italy is in a seismic zone and it is with frequently struck by earthquakes. In 2016, a devastating earthquake hit the Marche, Umbria and Lazio regions, killing 297 people and leaving hundreds injured.
(With information from EFE and AFP)< /i>