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Quake Hits Central Italy

March 11, 2000

ROME (AP) _ A mild earthquake shook central Italy on Saturday, cracking medieval churches and crumbling rock walls, roofs and houses in towns and villages around Rome. No injuries were immediately reported.

The earthquake hit at 11:35 a.m. with a preliminary magnitude of 4.1, Italy’s National Geophysics Institute said. It put the epicenter at Monti Tiburtini, about 30 miles southeast of Rome.

The quake rocked buildings in the capital but there were no immediate reports of damage there.

Near the epicenter, in the town of Cervara, the quake opened cracks in the foundation and front of a 15th-century church, prompting the mayor to order it closed.

To the north, the shaking cracked the vault of the recently restored church of St. Mary of the Assumption in the town of Gerano and collapsed the roof of a four-story building there.

Other damage across central Italy included an abandoned house made of rock that collapsed, and the attic apartments of four buildings.

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