ROME, October 30. /TASS/. Russia’s embassy in Italy has no information about Russians who might have been hurt in today’s earthquake, Dmitry Gurin, the embassy’s spokesman, told TASS on Sunday.
"We got in touch with the civil defense department in the morning and have been maintaining close contact with the Italian authorities. We have received no information about Russian nationals. But it’s better to wait until Monday to say anything for sure," he said.
According to the Russian embassy, it has received no requests for assistance from Russian nationals. Russia’s Tourism Agency (Rostourism) said earlier it has no information about Russian tourist groups that might happen to be in the earthquake-hit areas.
A magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit central Italy on Sunday morning (at 07:40 a.m. local time, or 09:40 Moscow time). The area was rocked by quakes on August 24 and October 26. Numerous damages were reported from towns located near the quake’s epicenter between the regions of Marche and Umbria. Today’s earth tremors have practically destroy what has remained after the August 24 earthquake in the town of Amatrice, where the death toll from the previous quake was about 300 people. Seismic activity in central Italy continues, with numerous 4.0 magnitude aftershocks reported.
According to the civil defense department, no one was killed in today’s earthquake, about two dozens of people were injured.