Four Small Earthquakes Shake Central Italy
Easter Monday brought an unsettling morning to the residents of central Italy as four small earthquakes shook towns and cities. The largest tremor measured 2.7 on the Richter scale and was recorded 14 miles from the Tuscan city of Siena at 7:30 am. The quake was widely felt, especially by those on the upper floors of buildings. Fortunately no one was hurt and no property was damaged. Further quakes also occurred in the early hours of Monday in the neighboring province of Emilia-Romagna. These quakes occurred between 3:07 am and 3:29 am and measured between 2.0 and 2.6 on the Richter scale. The epicenter of these quakes was about 18 miles from Bologna. While no damage was recorded, the tremors were a chilling reminder of the events of May 20, 2012, when Emilia-Romagna was hit by a series of strong earthquakes which left 27 people dead and 45,000 homeless.