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Earthquake Jolts Southern Italy

May 26, 1991

POTENZA, Italy (AP) _ An earthquake shook southern Italy on Sunday, causing minor injuries, police said.

The quake registered 4.7 on the Richter scale and its epicenter was 3.5 miles north of Potenza, according to the National Institute of Geophysics in Rome.

About 30 people were treated for injuries linked to the quake, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. Many had been hit by falling objects or shattered glass.

The quake broke a pipe in the Potenza aqueduct and several buildings had to be evacuated after being flooded.

Mayor Rocco Sampogna ordered schools closed Monday so that officials could check for any structural damage.

In the nearby towns of Acerenza, Venosa and Melfi, electricity and telephone service were interrupted for several hours.

The Richter scale is a measure of the energy released by an earthquake. A quake of magnitude four can cause moderate damage, while a quake measuring five can cause considerable damage.

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