Small earthquake felt in northwest Italy

25th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

A small earthquake estimated at a magnitude of 4.3 on the Richter scale struck in northwest Italy near the city of Turin on Monday -- the strongest tremor felt in the Alpine region in years.

The fire service in Turin received hundreds of calls but there were no immediate reports of substantive damage or casualties.

Train services were however suspended on two lines in the region at the epicentre of the quake pending checks on the railway.

Italian earthquake experts warned there could be more after shocks.

"The epicentre was in Cumiana and its hypocentre 25 kilometres (16 miles) underground," Enzo Boschi, head of the Italian Institute for Geology and Vulcanology, told AFP, referring to a village southeast of Turin.

The last two similar earthquakes in the French-Italian Alps were in Epagny in France in 1996 with a magnitude of 4.6 and Vallorcine in France in 2005 at 4.4.

© 2011 AFP

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