At least one person has died and six others are trapped under the rubble of their homes after an earthquake hit the Italian resort island of Ischia at the peak of its tourist season. Police said all but one of those known to be trapped, including three children, were responding to rescuers and expected to be brought out alive.
One person, however, was not communicating, raising fears the death toll could increase, said Giovanni Salerno of the financial police. Italy’s national volcanology institute said the temblor struck a few minutes before 9pm local time on Monday, when many people were having dinner.
The hardest-hit area was Casamicciola, on the northern part of the island. There were great discrepancies in the magnitude reported. Italy’s volcanology agency put the initial magnitude at 3.6, but later revised it to a 4.0 sustained magnitude, and put the epicentre in the waters just off the island and a depth of three miles.
The US Geological Survey and the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre gave it a 4.3 magnitude, with a depth of six miles.