An earthquake of 3.6 magnitude hit the Italian volcanic island of Ischia, a popular tourist resort near Naples. According to local reports, at least one person had been killed, and half a dozen trapped under collapsed buildings.
The local police said dead toll could rise, as people are still buried beneath the rubble. The earthquake stuck the island a few minutes before 9pm local time.
The U.S. U.S. Geological Survey and the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center reported a magnitude of 4.3 in a depth of 6 miles, while Italian national vulcanology agency put the magnitude at 4.0
According to current reports, a church and a hotel collapsed, as well as six other buildings in the town of Casamicciola.
“There are several injured and some people are missing,” Rai News quoted the Casamicciola deputy mayor as saying.
Local media reported blackouts in the Naples area, and that people have been evacuated from hotels. The local authorities warned against the effects of the tremors, describing them as ‘very strong’.
The Island of Ischia, off the western coast of Italy, is a popular tourist resort, especially among European jet set.
Earthquakes are common across Central Italy. An earthquake in L’Aquila in central Italy in 2009, killed over 300 people and devastated the city.