4.5 magnitude earthquake hits Tuscany, no victims

ROME (AFP) – A 4.5 magnitude earthquake hit the central Italian region of Mugello yesterday, sending panicked residents into the streets but causing minimal damage to buildings.

The quake, centred some 31km northeast of Florence in Tuscany, hit at 4.37am, after a series of smaller quakes, according to the national institute for geophysics and volcanology (INGV).

Residents fled their buildings in the rain, congregating outside or in their cars to await authorities.

“The quake went on for awhile, especially the first one, things fell down at a supermarket but for the moment we haven’t seen any damage to people or things,” said mayor of the town of Vicchio Filippo Carla’ Campa.