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A man ask officers for information after the Colosseo subway station was closed following three earthquakes which hit central Italy in the space of an hour, shaking the same region that suffered a series of deadly quakes last year, in Rome, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. There were no immediate reports of casualties but tremors were felt as far away as Rome, where the subway was closed as a precaution and parents were asked to pick up their children early from schools. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

Three strong earthquakes hit central Italy in an hour


UPDATE 8:12 a.m. EST:

Rome's metro system and some schools have been evacuated after the earthquakes, CNN reports

The epicenter of the quake was about 56 miles from Rome, but people in the capital still felt it. 

So far, no injuries or deaths have been reported. Officials are examining Rome's vulnerable historic buildings, looking for damage.

I don't know if we did something bad...What can I say? There are no words.
Amatrice Mayor Sergio Pirozzi to AFP

Three strong earthquakes hit central Italy in an hour Wednesday, hitting the same region that suffered several earthquakes last year.

There were no immediate reports of casualties, but tremors were felt as far away as Rome from the quakes that hit the Amatrice region. The earthquakes' magnitudes measured 5.3, 5.7 and 5.3 respectively on the Richter scale. 

The region has been buried under more than three feet of snow, complicating emergency response efforts.

It's apocalyptic.
Giuseppe Di Felice, local hotel worker

An earthquake in Amatrice in August killed nearly 300 people. In October, an even stronger quake hit the same region.

Heavy snow is complicating rescue efforts.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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