An earthquake with a reported magnitude of 3.6 struck a popular tourist spot near the Ischia volcano in Italy on Monday evening. Images from the area show people being helped out of badly damaged buildings.
A number of people have been injured or are missing, local authorities say.
A local woman has been killed in the earthquake, Giuseppe Silvitelli, deputy mayor of Casamicciola, told Rai News, adding that the body is lying under the rubble and has yet to be retrieved.
Rescuers say the quake may have left more casualties, as it caused multiple buildings to collapse.
The quake was recorded at about 9pm local time at a depth of 10km off the Italian coast, not far from the city of Naples, local media report.
In its Casamicciola commune, “an inhabited building collapsed in Maio Square,” Italian Rai News reported, citing local officials. A church was also destroyed.
“There are several injured and some people are missing,” Rai News quoted the Casamicciola deputy mayor as saying.
Electrical blackouts have been reported in the Naples area, and people have been reportedly evacuated from “many hotels.”
Carabinieri, police and firefighters are operating in the affected areas, with local authorities describing the effects of the tremors as “very strong.”
The volcanic island of Ischia was last hit by a devastating earthquake back in 1883, leaving more than 2,000 people dead. The disaster also destroyed the towns of Casamicciola Terme and Lacco Ameno.
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