Strong 5.4 Magnitude Quake Hits Central Italy, Rattles Rome

A strong, 5.4 magnitude earthquake hit a rural region in central Italy on Wednesday evening, and rattled Rome, just two months after a powerful temblor toppled villages in central Italy, killing nearly 300 people.

According to AP, there were no immediate reports of damage. But the quake shook centuries-old palazzi in Rome's historic center.

The earthquake was detected at 7:10pm local time, about 66km to the southeast of Perugia, striking a mountainous part of the Marche region and lasting several seconds. The Aug. 24 quake destroyed hilltop village of Amatrice and other nearby towns.

According to RT, eyewitnesses reported a powerful tremor in the capital on the western side of the country, saying that centuries-old buildings were shaking.

A HuffPO journalist showed rubble strewn through the streets of Visso, a commune less than 10 km from the epicenter. Street lights appeared to have gone dark, suggesting that electricity has been cut.