Both Rome and Florence have earlier this morning suffered a new round of earthquakes. In all 4 earthquakes have struck Italy, shaking buildings a few months after some 300 people were killed.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) measured the initial quake at magnitude 5.3, placing the epicentre in Central Italy at a depth of six miles (10km).
Residents in Rome said their homes and offices were shaken when the first tremor at around 10.25am local time (9.25am BST) struck.
It was followed 50 minutes later by a stronger 5.7 magnitude quake, when Rome's metro was evacuated AND REMAINS CLOSED, schools called parents to pick up their children. Just 10 minutes later, a third earthquake measuring magnitude 5.3 was experienced.
A geologist explained that Italy's Apennine mountains lie along an active fault line between the Adriatic and Eurasian plates, causing frequent seismic activity. Meanwhile Seismologists say previous quakes have stressed the Laga Fault, which is rupturing.
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