>> Central Italy, shaken by a spate of strong earthquakes on Wednesday, unnerving residents still rattled by last year's deadly tremors. No reports of injuries or serious damage. Hundreds of schools forced to close. Evacuated students, huddling together outside for support. The underground metro in Rome also suspended as a precaution.
The capital city not accustomed to earthquakes. Many residents fleeing shaking buildings in fear. The three strongest earthquakes measuring 5.3, 5.7, and 5.3 on the Richter scale, all striking within about an hour. Their epicenter, roughly seven kilometers from the town of Amatrice, which was flattened by a powerful tremor last August.
The August 24th earthquake killed more than 300 people and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses. More than 45,000 aftershocks have since struck the region, a constant reminder to Italians of their precarious position straddling two tectonic plates.