The quake struck the Ancona area of the central Italian region of Marche at 8.44am on Thursday, sparking panic among tourists and residents who ran into the street and alerted emergency services, Corriere della Sera reported.
The epicentre of the quake was in the coastal town of Numana, in the same location as a 4.9-magnitude quake which struck the region one month ago on July 21st. From then until August 19th, around 109 tremors were reported in the area, according to the paper.
The quake, which measured 4.4, caused rocks to fall from the promontory of Monte Conero in southern Ancona, between Gigli beach and Sirolo. The area was already off-limits to bathers because the area was already at risk of a landslide.
After the quake a man was reported missing in Numana but was later found after one hour of searching.
“No one was injured,” the town’s mayor Moreno Misiti confirmed, “but we are monitoring the situation and checking the whole area.”
In a video (below) posted on the social networking site Facebook and published on La Repubblica news site, Italian Davide Magrini captures a cloud of dust coming from the mountain caused by rocks and stones falling.