New earthquake hits Sicily near Mount Etna volcano
Quake is latest in dozens of tremors since Europe’s most active volcano erupted on Monday
It occurred two days after Etna, Europe’s highest and most active volcano, erupted, sending a huge column of ash into the sky and causing the temporary closure of Catania airport on Sicily’s eastern coast.
The earthquake hit at 3.19am, prompting many people to run out of their homes and sleep in cars. It was felt strongly because its epicentre was a relatively shallow one kilometre deep, officials said.
Television footage showed damage to older buildings in the towns of Santa Venerina and Zafferana Etnea.
Several of the area’s centuries-old churches appeared to suffer the most damage. They were empty at the time of the quake.
About 30 people suffered injuries, mostly from falling masonry as they fled from their homes, officials said.
About 10 were taken to hospital by ambulances, the others were taken by friends and family members. None of the injuries were serious. - Agencies