A strong 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck off Italy’s Adriatic coast early Wednesday but caused no serious damage or injuries, according to initial reports.
The quake struck just after 7 a.m. (1 a.m. ET) and was felt as far away as Rome, across the country, and in the northern Veneto, Friuli and Trentino regions.
“At the moment there are no injuries,” a spokesman for Italy’s Civil Protection told Reuters, as the agency tweeted that checks on the ground were continuing.
The quake’s epicenter was 35 kilometers (22 miles) off the coast of Pesaro, a coastal city in the eastern Marche region, at a depth of 7 kilometers (4 miles), the Italian Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV).
As a precaution, schools in Pesaro and other nearby towns were closed and rail traffic passing through Pesaro along the Adriatic coast was suspended.
Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s office said it was in “constant contact” with Civil Protection authorities and the head of the Marches region to follow developments.