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3.6 quake shatters buildings near Naples, Italy (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

3.6 quake shatters buildings near Naples, Italy (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

An natural disaster of magnitude 4.0 hit the tourist-packed Italian island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, on Monday night, killing at least one person and injuring some 25 others as buildings collapsed, officials said.

Italian media are reporting that one woman died when she was hit by rubble from a church.

A representative of the National Civil Protection service told Sky TG24 broadcaster about the second victim.

A number of people have been injured or are missing, local authorities say.

The tremor hit at 8.57 pm (local time) and came just days ahead of the first anniversary of the 6.0 magnitude quake that killed almost 300 people in and around Amatrice central Italy. Several building collapsed as a result of the disaster.




In the small town of Casamicciola, on the island's northern coast, six buildings and a church collapsed, Reuters reported.

Rescuers have already managed to pull a couple alive from the debris, and emergency workers were trying to free three children. Most of the hospital had been evacuated and the injured were treated outside.

The tremor hit at 8:57 pm (1957 GMT) and came just days ahead of the first anniversary of the 6.0 magnitude quake that killed almost 300 people in and around Amatrice central Italy.

People ran out of homes, hotels and restaurants and on to the streets when the ground began shaking. Casamicciola was at the epicentre of an 1883 natural disaster that killed more than 2,000 people.

Much of Italy's land mass and some of its surrounding waters are prone to seismic activity with the highest risk concentrated along its mountainous central spine.