Mayor Luigi de Magistris said there were no reports of damage in the
city, the largest in Italy's south. In Piedimonte Matese, a small
town near the epicenter, Mayor Vincenzo Cappello told Sky TG24 there
were no injuries and no major structural damage, although some
buildings may have suffered minor damage.
National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology said the quake at
6:08 p.m. (1708 GMT) had a magnitude of 4.9 and struck some 10.5
kilometers (6.5 miles) underground. Its epicenter was roughly 55
kilometers (35 miles) northeast of Naples.
Italian news agency LaPresse said the earth shook as far away as
Puglia, in the southeastern heel of the boot-shaped peninsula.
TV reported that some people in Naples and elsewhere decided as a
precaution to sleep in their cars Sunday night as aftershocks of much
lesser intensity rattled the area.
suffered a devastating quake in 1980. In the neighboring region of
Molise, an earthquake in 2002 caused the collapse of a shoddily
constructed school, killing 27 students and a teacher.