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Earthquake Shakes Central Italy; Rescuers Recover Artwork from Church in Spina
Italian rescuers recover artwork and a statuette of the Virgin Mary, from the church in Spina, near Perugia, central Italy, after a 4.4-magnitude tremor struck in the afternoon, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009. Reports Tuesday said no casualties and minor damages to buildings were caused by the quake. Italian Agriculture Minister Luca Zaia, who was visiting the area Tuesday, was quoted as saying that "600" people were "unable to go back inside their homes." AP Photo/Stefano Medici.
ROME (AP).- Authorities say a magnitude 4.2 earthquake has shaken the Italian region of Umbria but caused no injuries.

Towns in the province of Perugia reported buildings lightly damaged by the temblor, monitored by Italy's national institute of geophysics.

Italy's agriculture minister said Tuesday 600 people were evacuated until their homes can be inspected. Mayors of several hamlets ordered schools closed Wednesday for inspections.

Video of the city of Perugia showed bricks in the street and some damage to walls. The American student Amanda Knox, convicted this month of murdering her British roommate, is in Capanne prison outside Perugia.

In April, a quake hit the Abruzzo region in central Italy, killing about 300 and leaving tens of thousands of homeless.



Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.


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