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Tremor shakes northern Italy again

No damage reported

27 January, 16:58
Tremor shakes northern Italy again (ANSA) - Rome, January 27 - A 5.4 magnitude, 60km-deep earthquake rippled across northern Italian Friday, the second such quake in two days.

The epicentre of Friday's tremor was near Parma in the Emilia-Romagna region and it was felt "clearly" as far away as Milan and Genoa, experts said.

No damage was immediately reported but residents of high-rise buildings in the two northern cities were said to have been worried.

The quake was also felt, but less strongly, in Veneto, Tuscany and Umbria.

On Wednesday a magnitude 4.9 quake shook Milan and much of northern Italy but caused no damage apart from loosening plaster and worsening existing quake-caused cracks in some buildings.

The epicentre of the quake was in the province of Reggio Emilia.

Tremors were also felt in Turin, Tuscany, Val d'Aosta and Liguria, the region around Genoa.

Many schools were evacuated as a precautionary measure in Milan and Liguria, where some local authority offices were also cleared of personnel.

Italy is prone to seismic activity and 308 people were killed in a devastating earthquake that hit the city of L'Aquila and the central region Abruzzo in April 2009.

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