Three earthquakes measuring up to 5.7 hit central Italy, shaking Rome

A series of strong earthquakes hit central Italy on Wednesday, including the capital Rome, forcing schools to be evacuated and rail links to close, although there were no immediate reports of serious damage or injury.

The multiple tremors, including three above magnitude five, were clustered around a region which was battered by a spate of deadly quakes last year.

Buildings in Rome wobbled and the city’s underground metro system was shut as a precaution. Schools across the capital were also closed.

Residents nearer the epicentre, which has been swept by snow storms and is some 100 km (62 miles) north east of Rome, rushed out into the streets as the series of tremors rattled the area.

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