- Title: Rome metro closes after earthquake in central Italy.
- Date: 18th January 2017
- Summary: ROME, ITALY (JANUARY 18, 2017) (REUTERS) SCHOOL PERSONNEL BLOCKING TRAFFIC IN FRONT OF 'RIGHI' HIGH SCHOOL ENTRANCE VARIOUS OF EVACUATED STUDENTS ON PAVEMENT EVACUATED GIRL WEARING BLANKET ON HER SHOULDERS VARIOUS OF EVACUATED STUDENTS ON PAVEMENT VARIOUS OF CHILDREN AND PARENTS OUTSIDE EVACUATED ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SIGN READING (Italian) ''SERVICE SUSPENDED FOR CHECKS TO THE INFRASTRUCTURE'' ABOVE CLOSED METRO ENTRANCE PEOPLE WHO LEFT BUILDINGS IN SQUARE / CLOSED METRO STATION VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WHO LEFT BUILDINGS BECAUSE OF QUAKE IN SQUARE (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) ROME RESIDENT ALDO TRIFOGGI SAYING: ''We have evacuated ourselves. Our building is very flexible. I think there was more fear than real danger. But people must be safeguarded above everything and everyone is free to do what they think is best.'' PEOPLE IN SQUARE SOLDIERS BY METRO STATION CLOSED METRO STATION
- Embargoed: 1st February 2017 11:42
- Keywords: Italy Earthquake Rome Metro
- Location: ROME, ITALY
- City: ROME, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Earthquakes/Volcanoes/Tsunami
- Reuters ID: LVA0015ZLYSZR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Authorities in Rome ordered the evacuation of the city's metro system on Wednesday (January 18) following an earthquake that shook central Italy, including the capital Rome and regions hit by a series of deadly tremors last year. Many schools in the Italian capital were also evacuated.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake had a magnitude of 5.3 and struck 104 km (65 miles) northeast of Rome and just 7 km from the town of Amatrice, which was flattened by a powerful tremor last August.
The Aug. 24 quake killed 300 people and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses. More than 45,000 aftershocks have since rattled the region, including a 6.6 magnitude quake in October, the biggest tremor to strike Italy for 36 years.
The recent quakes have reshaped more than 600 square km (230 square miles) of land, lowering areas around the epicentre by up to 70 cm (28 inches), according to data released by Italy's National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV).
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