Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday tweeted that Embassy of India Rome (Italy) has informed her that there is no report of any Indian casualty after a massive earthquake of 6.2 magnitude struck Italy. She tweeted “Massive earthquake of 6.2 magnitude has struck Italy. @IndiainItaly has informed me that there is no report of any Indian casualty”. A strong earthquake struck central Italy, causing buildings to collapse “with reports of victims” and sending panicked residents fleeing into the streets of numerous towns and cities. The mayor of the small town of Amatrice reported extensive damage. “Half the town is gone,” Sergio Pirozzi told RAI state television. “There are people under the rubble… There’s been a landslide and a bridge might collapse.”
A 5.5 magnitude aftershock hit the same region an hour after the initial quake. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s spokesman said on Twitter that the government was in touch with the country’s civil protection agency and following the situation closely. The last major earthquake to hit Italy struck the central city of L’Aquila in 2009, killing more than 300 people.
Massive earthquake of 6.2 magnitude has struck Italy. @IndiainItaly has informed me that there is no report of any Indian casualty.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) August 24, 2016
A refuge on the Gran Sasso mountain, a popular area for hikers and climbers, said on its Facebook page that a large piece of rock had collapsed in Wednesday’s quake.