Tuscany Earthquake (4.8R) causes damage to Historic Buildings
A 4.8 magnitude earthquake has struck Tuscany north of Florence, sending frightened residents into the street in the middle of the night, causing damage to several historic buildings and disrupting rail services across the area.
Mayors of towns in the area near the Apennine Mountains known as Mugello say there were no injuries from Monday’s pre-dawn tremor. Italian news agency ANSA said a 17th-century church in the town of Barberino suffered some damage, while minor damage was reported to some houses.
The national geophysics agency INGV reported the magnitude 4.8 quake hit at 4:37 am after a series of smaller tremors. Residents fled their buildings in the rain, congregating outside or in cars to await authorities.
State railways said the high-speed train line between Florence and Bologna was temporarily closed on Monday morning as a precaution. State radio said train service on the line later resumed. Meanwhile, schools in the region were ordered closed.