MANILA - No Filipino was hurt in the Magnitude 4 earthquake that struck the southern Italian island of Ischia, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday.
The DFA said the Philippine Embassy in Rome has reported that the tremor left at least 2 dead and dozens more injured.
Philippine Ambassador Rome Domingo Nolasco said the Embassy is continuously monitoring the situation in coordination with the Philippine honorary consul in Naples.
Nolasco also told Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano the Embassy is "ready to extend all possible consular assistance to any Filipino who may have been affected by the earthquake."
The temblor hit the northwest of the island at 8:57 p.m. on Monday (3:57 a.m.Tuesday, Manila time), with a depth of some 10 kilometers.
The head of the local department of civil protection, Angelo Borrelli, said that two small communes, Casamicciola and neighboring Lacco Ameno, had borne the brunt of the quake.
The main earthquake was followed by 14 smaller aftershocks, according to Borrelli. - with Agence France-Presse