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Strong earthquake hits Central Italy

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, with reports of damaged buildings and blackouts near the epicenter Rieti and residents fleeing their homes and running into the streets with the shock also felt in Rome.

The quake struck just after 3:30 a.m. In Rome, some buildings shook for 20 seconds, according to reports.

So far, there are no reports of damage or casualties.

Aftershocks are still being felt across the whole of central Italy all the way to Naples and Foggia and with people reportedly in the streets in Florence.

The quake was initially reported as being magnitude 6.4.

In 2009, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in the Aquila region, which was also felt in the Italian capital, left more than 300 dead.
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