A series of 27 earthquakes hit south-central Italy in the province of Campobasso on the evening of Thursday, August 16. The largest quake was a 5.1-magnitude tremor that hit around 20:19 (local time) Thursday night, with all but eight others measuring under a 2.5-magnitude, according to Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV). The epicenters were concentrated near the town of Montecilfone at a depth of 9 km (5.6 mi). Authorities reported some damage to buildings in the area, but no inhabited structures were severely damaged. Additional earthquakes and aftershocks are possible in the coming days.
Individuals present in Italy, particularly in the Molise region, are advised to keep abreast of the situation, be prepared for aftershocks, and adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities.
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