Natural disaster rocks Italian resort island of Ischia

Frederick Owens
August 22, 2017

An quake of magnitude 4.0 hit the tourist-packed Italian island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, on Monday night, killing at least one person and injuring some 25 others as buildings collapsed, officials said.

Television images showed that about six buildings in the town as well as a church had collapsed in the quake, which hit just before 9pm on Monday, just as many people were having dinner.

In its Casamicciola commune, "an inhabited building collapsed in Maio Square", Italian Rai News reported, citing local officials.

The tremor hit at 8:57 pm (1957 GMT) and came just days ahead of the first anniversary of the 6.0 magnitude quake that killed almost 300 people in and around Amatrice central Italy.

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Residents and tourists on the island, which is crowded at the height of the summer season, ran out on to the streets from homes and hospitals.

Earlier in the day, media reported that an old woman died in Casamicciola Terme commune in the metropolitan city of Naples, where the natural disaster has brought the more devastating damage. Ischia's only hospital was also hit and had to be partially evacuated. Some workers were already on the island because of localised bushfires.

Doctors said about 20 people suffered slight injuries, but officials fear others may be trapped in the rubble.

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