3.6 earthquake shatters buildings near Naples, Italy (PHOTOS)

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Published time: 21 Aug, 2017 20:30 Edited time: 21 Aug, 2017 20:53

An earthquake with a reported magnitude of 3.6 struck a popular tourist spot near the Ischia volcano in Italy on Monday evening. Images from the area show people being helped out of badly damaged buildings.

A number of people have been injured or are missing, local authorities say.

The quake was recorded at about 9pm local time at a depth of 10km off the Italian coast, not far from the city of Naples, local media report.

In its Casamicciola commune, “an inhabited building collapsed in Maio Square,” Italian Rai News reported, citing local officials. A church was also destroyed.

“There are several injured and some people are missing,” Rai News quoted the Casamicciola deputy mayor as saying.

Electrical blackouts have been reported in the Naples area, and people have been reportedly evacuated from “many hotels.”

Carabinieri, police and firefighters are operating in the affected areas, with local authorities describing the effects of the tremors as “very strong.”