A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the town of L’Aquila, the quake’s epicenter, at 9:32 p.m EST time (3.35 a.m. in L’Aquila) on April 5th. L’Aquila is located in the Abruzzo region. The Italian Civil Protection Agency said they had received reports of collapsed buildings. Officials expect casualities. Reuters reports that people are injured, some trapped under rubble.
L’Aquila is located about 60 miles (95Km) northeast of Rome. Earlier on Sunday, a 4.6 magnitude earthquake shook northern Italy, about 35 miles southeast of Bologna.
The L’Aquila quake was felt in Rome. Residents report being awakened from the rumble, “furniture rattled, lights swayed and car alarms went off.” No damage estimates are available at this time.