Earthquake rocks Italy – Italy felt the tremors of a 2.6 magnitude earthquake today as residents came to terms with their first full day under quarantine.
Lucca residents reported feeling the ground shaking beneath them
Italians poured out of their homes in the country’s north this afternoon after an earthquake shook Tuscany amid the nation’s growing coronavirus outbreak. The 2.6-magnitude quake, which struck around a mile north of Camaiore, was recorded by the Italian Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology at 2.17pm local time. It had an epicenter in the Lucca province in Tuscany and a depth of around five miles, ANSA reported. There were initially no reports of damage as a result of the tremor, though people in Camaiore and nearby Viareggio noted feeling ‘vibrations from the ground’. The 2.6-magnitude quake, which struck around a mile north of Camaiore in Versilia, was recorded by the Italian Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology at 2.17pm this afternoon. It was also reported people across Versilia had ‘poured out of their houses’ when the quake struck the area this afternoon.
Chaos and Panic as Earthquake Rocks Italy Amid Coronavirus Outbreak https://t.co/4p1spXuNab— owusuDENNIS (@densucre) March 11, 2020
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