Rome, October 30 - The area around the central Italian city of L'Aquila, which was devastated in 2009 by an earthquake that killed over 300 people, suffered a big scare early on Tuesday when a 3.6-magnitude quake struck. The quake, which had an epicentre near the towns of Scoppito, Barete and Pizzoli, took place at 2:52 local time. There were no reports of injuries or major damage. Two earthquakes in May this year in the northern region of Emilia-Romagna killed 27 people and destroyed and damaged many historic buildings and artworks.
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di Giovanni Pastore