7.1 magnitude earthquake hits central Italy

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Rome, Oct 30 (IANS) A massive earthquake, measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale, rocked the region of Umbria in central Italy on Sunday, the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology confirmed.

The earthquake, with a depth of 10 km, occurred at 7.44 a.m. and destroyed several houses, Efe news reported.

However, there were no immediate reports of injuries or casualties from the region.

–IANS

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