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.
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.