Two killed in quake on Italian island of Ischia

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An earthquake has struck the Italian island of Ischia, killing two women and leaving 39 others injured, the BBC reports.

The 4.0 magnitude quake struck at 20:57 (19:57 GMT) on Monday, damaging a church and hospital.

The island, off the coast of Naples, has a population of about 50,000, and is extremely popular with tourists.

Many people were eating in restaurants when the quake struck, at a depth of around 5km (3 miles) just north of the commune of Casamicciola.

One elderly woman was reportedly killed by debris falling from a church, while another body was found in the rubble of collapsed building.

Among those rescued from the rubble was a pregnant woman.


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