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Strong Tremor Shakes Italy

October 4, 1997

ROME (AP) _ Another strong tremor shook quake-battered central Italy today, but authorities said they had no reports of fresh damage or injuries.

The magnitude 4 temblor hit at 8:50 a.m. (2:50 a.m. EDT) near the town of Col Fiorito, west of Assisi, the national seismic center said.

Assisi and other medieval towns in the Umbria and Marche regions were hard hit by a strong pair of quakes on Sept. 26. Eleven people died, including four killed when part of the vaulted ceiling of Assisi’s famed Basilica of St. Francis collapsed.

A series of aftershocks since then, including a magnitude 4.8 temblor Friday, has further weakened damaged buildings. At least 20 people were injured in Friday’s aftershocks.

Officials at a government relief operations center said they had no immediate reports of injuries or significant fresh damage from today’s quake.

The earthquakes have displaced thousands of people and inflicted millions of dollars of damage on the architectural and artistic treasures of the region, one of the most-visited in Italy.

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