Northern Italy rocked by “very strong” earthquake

A 4-4-magnitude earthquake was recorded 39 kilometres northeast of Milan on Saturday morning, according to Rome's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV).

Macroseismic intensity map for an earthquake near Milan
This map shows the intensity and epicentre of today's quake near Bergamo, in Italy's Lombardy region. Photo: INGV

The earthquake was felt throughout the entire region of Lombardy at 11.34am on Saturday with its epicentre in the small town of Bonate Sotto, near the city of Bergamo.

The shock lasted a few seconds and was followed by a second, less intense quake at 11.57am.

The second quake had a magnitude of 2.2. Its epicentre was in Osio Sotto, around 10 kilometres from that of the first one.

Local media reported that some people took to the streets in panic in nearby Milan, Italy’s second-largest city.

Data scientist Alessandro Saccoia said on Twitter that it could be felt very strongly in Milan, reporting that “the building shook”.

Journalist Marta Ottaviani said she hadn’t felt such a strong quake as Saturday’s in Italy even in nearly nine years in Istanbul.

Media reported that neither of the quakes were thought to have caused any damage or injuries.

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Trains delayed in southern Italy after 4.3-magnitude earthquake shakes Calabria

No major damage was reported after an earthquake was felt across much of the southern Italian region of Calabria on Thursday.

A view of the coast from the town of Riace in Calabria.
A view of the coast from the town of Riace in Calabria. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli

Calabria was hit by a 4.3-magnitude earthquake on Thursday morning, the National Institute of Geology and Volcanology (INGV) has confirmed.

The earthquake was felt most strongly on the south-western Calabrian coast, affecting Catanzaro, Vibo Valentia, Reggio di Calabria, at 10.19am on Thursday, the institute said.

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No serious injury or damage has been reported, firefighters said, though schools and public offices in the area were evacuated according to reports in Italian media.

Trains were stopped for several hours, including at least five high-speed services bound for Rome, leading to knock-on delays across the rail network, news agency Ansa reports. Major roads in the region remained open.

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