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article imageItaly shaken by 4.8 magnitude earthquake

By Leigh Goessl     Feb 16, 2013 in World
Sora - An earthquake struck southeast of Rome on Saturday night. According to media sources, the earthquake was a 4.8 magnitude.
A 4.8 magnitude earthquake, described as "strong" shook central Italy on Feb. 16 at approximately 10:15 p.m. local time. According to RTE News, the earthquake was confirmed by Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported the earthquake had a depth of 28.3km (17.6mi).
The shaking was reportedly felt from Rome to Naples, with the epicenter occurring near the towns of Sora and Isola del Liri.
In May 2012, a 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck northern Italy and caused several deaths and hundreds of injuries.
Fox News reports the region is earthquake prone and that an earthquake 5.0 magnitude or larger can do "considerable damage".
Over 300 people were killed in 2009 earthquake in L'Aquila, which is located in central Italy. Just earlier today BBC News reported an Italian court convicted four people for "shoddy" work associated with the collapse of a university building where several people died after the devastating 2009 quake.
Early reports have indicated there are no damages or injuries in today's earthquake.
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