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Alarm as more than 80 tremors rock Tuscany

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Florence, December 19 - As many as 80 earthquake
shocks measuring up to 4.1 on the Richter scale rocked Tuscany
Friday and seismologists said it is impossible to predict when
the series of tremors will end.
Some schools in Florence and Siena were evacuated as the
4.1-magnitude quake was felt between the cities and throughout
the wine-producing Chianti area, prompting people in the
regional capital to leave buildings and take to the streets.
Firefighters received numerous calls, but there were no
immediate reports of injuries.
Alessandro Amato, a seismologist at the national institute
of geophysics and vulcanology, said it was "impossible to
foresee the duration" of the rash of earth shocks and that the
seismic activity was typical of other such rashes of tremors
that have hit other areas of Italy recently.
The epicentre of the tremors was located near the villages
of Barberino Val d'Elsa, Greve in Chianti and Tavernelle in Val
di Pesa.
In Florence tourist visits to the Palazzo Vecchio were
suspended and then resumed but the Arnolfo tower was closed.
Florence interim superintendant for museums Alessandra
Marina said all museums in the Tuscan capital were remaining
open though they are being inspected for signs of damage.
In Siena the tourist-famed Mangia Tower dominating the
fan-shaped central Piazza del Campo was closed to visitors as
well as Siena's civic museum.
The culture ministry has activated its crisis unit for
damage to heritage, ANSA sources said Friday.
The unit is cooperating with the fire brigade to collect
information about the situation, the sources said.

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