Earthquake in Italy August 21

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By Diarmuid O'Dea

Naples, Italy

Naples, Italy

An earthquake struck Italy today near the coastal city of Naples between the island of Ischia and the town of Monte di Procida. One person is reported dead and seven persons are missing. More than 30 persons are injured. The United States Geological Society estimated it was a 4.3 magnitude earthquake.

Emergency crews were already on the island fighting forest fires. Hotels and hospitals were evacuated. 

Locals and tourists ran out onto the street as the earthquake triggered a short electrical blackout across the island.

National newspaper Il Messaggero reported: "An inhabited building collapsed in Maio Square due to the effects of the earthquake.

"The Church of Purgatory has been destroyed, many hotels are isolated.  (UK Express newspaper)

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