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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Italy Shaken Again

ROME -- A powerful earthquake measuring around five on the Richter scale hit central Italy on Tuesday, three weeks after a string of tremors devastated the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi and left thousands homeless.


Italian news agency ANSA quoted civil protection officials as saying the tremor registered between seven and eight on the Mercalli scale -- equivalent to between 4.8 and 5.4 on the Richter scale.


Father Nicola Giandomenico, a spokesman for the Franciscan monastery at Assisi, said there was no apparent new damage to the Basilica and civil protection officials said there were no immediate reports of injuries.