Natural disaster strikes Italian island of Ischia, killing at least one

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 22, 2017

A 3.6-magnitude quake has rattled the Italian resort island of Ischia, damaging some buildings, cutting electricity and sending panicked residents and tourists into the streets.

The quake rattled the island at the peak of tourist season, cutting electricity and sending panicked residents and tourists into the streets.

The natural disaster struck just before 9pm on Monday night causing buildings to collapse and sending panicked residents and tourists out into the streets. News reports suggested the hardest-hit area was Casamicciola, on the northern part of the island.

Roberto Calloca, a doctor from a local hospital, told Sky TG24 at least 20 people had been treated for minor injuries.

Dr Calloca said the situation was calm and under control. The island's hospital was evacuated.

Civil protection crews, already on the island in force to fight the forest fires that have been ravaging southern Italy, were checking the status of the buildings that suffered damage, while more were arriving from the mainland.

Italian publication ANSA reported a woman had died following the building and several people remain missing, while others are injured.

Ischia, a popular holiday resort, was struck by a massive natural disaster in 1883 that killed more than 2300 people.

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