The small city of L’Aquila, about 60 miles/90 km east by northeast of Rome, was struck by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake in the early morning hours on Monday. It was reported that at least twenty people have died and thousands of houses have collapsed in the town, which is located in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Although Rome was rocked by the Quake, no damage was reported. For more information see this article by the BBC.
Travelers should avoid the area damaged by the quake for the next several weeks.
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