Naples Mayor Luigi de Magistris said that there were no reports of damage in the city, the largest in Italy's south. In Piedimonte Matese, a small town near the epicentre, Mayor Vincenzo Cappello told a news channel that there were no injuries and no major structural damage, although some buildings may have suffered minor damage.

Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology said that the quake at 6:08 pm (1708 GMT) had a magnitude of 4.9 and struck some 10.5 kilometres underground. Its epicenter was roughly 55 kilometres northeast of Naples.
An Italian news agency said that the earth shook as far away as Puglia, in the southeastern heel of the boot-shaped peninsula.
The news channel reported that some people in Naples and elsewhere decided as a precaution to sleep in their cars tonight as aftershocks of much lesser intensity rattled the area.

Naples suffered a devastating quake in 1980. In the neighbouring region of Molise, an earthquake in 2002 caused the collapse of a shoddily constructed school, killing 27 students and a teacher.


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