Two strong earthquakes have hit central Italy, shaking buildings in the capital Rome.

Rome shaken after earthquake hits central Italy

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck at 1710 GMT south of Visso in the province of Macerata, the US Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

It was followed just over two hours later by even more powerful tremor.














The quakes come two months after a powerful earthquake struck slightly to the south, killing 295 people.

The 6.2 magnitude quake, on 24 August, toppled buildings in villages in the mountainous region around Amatrice.

Amatrice is just 60km (37 miles) away from the epicentre of Wednesday’s first earthquake.

People in the towns of Pescara, Ancone and L’Aquila rushed out of their homes in panic as the ground shook.

The earthquakes rattled doors and windows in Rome, reports said. The mayor of one town said residents were without power, and there were reports of damaged buildings.

A section of a highway north of Rome was closed due to a landslide, said Ornella De Luca, a spokeswoman for Italy’s civil protection agency.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is on his way to Rome, local media (in Italian) report.

The first earthquake was relatively shallow, at a depth of 9km (nearly six miles).