>> Residents living beneath Italy's Mount Etna are dealing with the aftermath of an earthquake. It damaged buildings and injured dozens of people, though not seriously. The magnitude 4.8 tremor, which began about half a mile underground, hit an area north of Catania on the island of Sicily in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Prompting many people to run out of their homes and sleep in their cars.>>
> Everything was shaking. In fact, as you can see outside, the bell tower has collapsed, and my house has been torn apart like it was made of papier-mâché. The earthquake lasted a long time, about 10 or 15 seconds.
If it had gone on a few seconds longer, I don't know exactly how long it lasted, it was a bad experience, like nothing I've ever been through before. It's a miracle we're alive.>> Footage released by the Italian fire brigade showed several of the area's centuries old churches appearing to suffer the most damage.
The quake was felt strongly because it was relatively shallow, officials said. Just two days previously, Etna, Europe's highest and most active volcano erupted, sending a huge column of ash into the sky and causing the temporary closure of Catania Airport.