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Interior minister applauds earthquake response

'Excellent collaboration' says Alfano

30 December, 14:32
Interior minister applauds earthquake response (ANSA) - Rome, December 30 - Interior Minister and Deputy Premier Angelino Alfano on Monday applauded the country's response to a recent string of mild earthquakes in southern Italy. "Firefighters and the Civil Protection Agency did their jobs. Their collaboration was excellent," said Alfano at a meeting of the interior ministry. Three earthquakes shook mountains in the Campania region around Naples early Monday following a stronger quake in the same area a day earlier, scaring residents out of bed and into the streets. Only light damage was reported in the Matese area, a mountain ridge that stretches into the rural Molise region.

Monday's tremors spanned from 3.1-3.2 magnitude, following a 4.9-magnitude quake a day earlier. The interior ministry said over 100 tremors below 3-point magnitude shook the area over the same course of time.