At least two persons have died and another is missing after a 4.0 magnitude earthquake hit the island of Ischia off the coast of Naples. Rescue services have been pulling people out of the rubble.
The earthquake struck the Italian resort island of Ischia shortly before 9 pm local time (1900 UTC) on Monday. Casamicciola, on the northern part of the island, was the hardest-hit area, according to local reports quoted by dw.com.
Residents and tourists were forced to run out on to the streets, as at least six buildings and a church collapsed around them.
According to Italian media, an elderly woman was killed after she was hit by a falling piece of masonry from the church. Around 25 people were injured in the quake and were being treated by hospital staff, Roberto Allocca, a doctor from a local hospital, told broadcaster Sky TG 24. The patients were receiving treatment outside as most of the hospital had to be evacuated due to an electrical blackout.
Romanian Foreign Ministry says no requests for consular assistance received
The Romanian Embassy in Roma has conducted, in emergency, steps towards the local authorities in order to check if Romanian nationals have been affected by the quake, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MAE) informs.
“Until now no requests for consular assistance from Romanian citizens have been received by the diplomatic mission,” MAE has informed.
Romanian citizens may request consular assistance at the following telephone numbers in Rome – (0039) 06 835 233 58; (0039) 06 835 233 56; (0039) 06 835 233 52; (0039) 06 835 233 44 or at the emergency number of the diplomatic mission 0039 345 147 39 35.
MAE also underlines that the embassy in Rome is closely following the situation and is in touch with the local authorities, being prepared to grant consular assistance if needed.