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Rome Hit By Earthquake

Today at 5:13 pm, a 3.5 Richter scale earthquake was felt in Rome, Italy.

While the earthquake caused plenty of concern, and worried citizens of the Eternal City took to the streets, there are no reports of damage to property or people so far according to civil defence authorities.

Rome’s buildings did shake noticeably for a few seconds and Twitter users were the amongst the first to spread the word.

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The epicenter of the earthquake was to the east of Rome near a place called Lago Regillo according to Italy’s INGV earthquake and volcanic activity monitoring body.


#terremoto Ml:3.5 2012-07-09 15:13:43 UTC Lat=41.87 Lon=12.72 Prof=10.0Km Prov=ROMA

Whether further tremors will occur is not known, but earthquakes in Rome are highly unusual occurrences.

A 3.5 magnitude earthquake is unlikely to cause extensive damage, although it could cause the collapse of structurally weak buildings or structures, such as Rome’s many ruins, although the epicenter of this tremor was not that close to Rome’s center.

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