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No Filipino casualties in Italy quake, PH gov’t ready to help

/ 11:02 AM October 31, 2016
Italy earthquake rubble

An aerial view of the destroyed hilltop town of Amatrice as an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 struck central Italy, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. A powerful earthquake rocked the same area of central and southern Italy hit by quake in August and a pair of aftershocks last week, sending already quake-damaged buildings crumbling after a week of temblors that have left thousands homeless. (Vigili Del Fuoco/Italian Firefighters via AP)

There were no Filipinos hurt in the powerful 6.6 magnitude earthquake that shook central and southern Italy on Sunday according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

In a text message to INQUIRER.net, DFA spokesperson Charles Jose said that the Philippine Embassy in Rome has confirmed that there were no Filipino casualties in the most powerful quake to hit Italy for the past 36 years.

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“The Embassy continues to closely monitor the situation to make sure that all Filipino nationals in the area are safe,” Jose said.

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The quake was the third to hit Italy in two months, following jolts last week and a destructive one in August that killed about 300 people.

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It toppled historic religious edifices and left about 3,000 people temporarily homeless. No fatalities were reported. IDL?/rga

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