Buildings collapse and woman dies after quake hits Italian island

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Residents and tourists on the island off the coast of Naples ran out on to the narrow streets from homes and hotels.

The tremor hit the northwest of the island at 8:57 p.m. (1957 GMT), with a depth of some 10 kilometers.

Tourism authorities said that the harm was limited in two towns, and said a significant part of the island was the same old thing Tuesday.

Photo: @totoriellos/Handout via Reuters Debris lie on a road after an quake hit the island of Ischia, near Naples, Southern Italy, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.

Firefighters said on Twitter that several buildings on the island were damaged or had collapsed.

The quake came two days before the first anniversary of an natural disaster in central Italy in which nearly 300 people died.

Francesco Peduto, head of Italy's National Geologists Association, on Tuesday slammed shoddy construction and a lack of natural disaster prevention measures, saying a 4.0-magnitude quake should not have brought down buildings.




Rescuers are digging to find a boy, aged five, in the ruins of a house that collapsed at Casamicciola after his two brothers aged three and seven months were pulled out alive.

Thirty-nine people were injured, one seriously.

Two deaths have so far been confirmed, a woman's body was found in the rubble of her home and another woman died when a church collapsed. More than 2,500 people have been rendered homeless or displaced, and almost 1,500 people have fled the island.

Roberto Allocca, a doctor from a local hospital, told Sky TG24 television that about 25 people had been treated for minor injuries. The island has a year-round population of about 63,000, which swells to more than 200,000 in summer, with many people from the mainland owning holiday homes.

More than a thousand tourists have already evacuated from the island, Italian media reported.

Italy's Premier Paolo Gentiloni congratulated civil protection agency chief Angelo Borrelli and fire chief Bruno Frattasi on the rescue of the three young brothers but said the country was "united in grief" for the victims of the Ischia quake.

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