Four strong earthquakes have been felt in central Italy Wednesday

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A second quake with a magnitude of 5.7 hit the same area about 50 minutes later, and 10 minutes later a third was measured at a magnitude of 5.3. Several hours later another 5.1-magnitude quake shook the same area. Throughout the day, seismologists registered more than 100 aftershocks. The metro in Rome has been evacuated, rail services are suspended and schools closed following the second quake, as prevention measure against disaster. Emergency services deployed helicopters to check the impact. Fortunately, it appears there are no victims. In August, 300 people died in the Amatrice area. 36 hours of continuous snowfall were in areas close to Amatrice and another badly-hit mountain town, Norcia. Premier Paolo Gentiloni appreciated that it was a “difficult day” for the country. Italy straddles the Eurasian and African tectonic plates, making it vulnerable to seismic activity when they move.

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