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Tremors Shake North-Central Italy

July 7, 1999

BOLOGNA, Italy (AP) _ At least three earthquakes rattled north-central Italy late Wednesday, triggering a flurry of phone calls to authorities and cracking walls in one hospital.

No injuries were immediately reported. The first quake had a preliminary magnitude of 4.3, while the next two quakes were less powerful, authorities said.

Switchboards at fire departments in several hamlets in the Emilia Romagna region lit up with calls from worried residents wondering how severe the quake was, but while some buildings swayed, no major damage was reported, Italian news reports said.

Authorities were inspecting walls at a hospital in the town of Pavullo, where the cracks were reported, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

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