An earthquake of magnitude 4.0 hit the tourist-packed Italian island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, killing at least one person and injuring some 25 others as buildings collapsed, officials said.
Residents and tourists on the island ran out on to the streets from homes and hotels. Television images showed that about six buildings in the town of Casamicciola as well as a church collapsed in the quake, which hit at 8:57pm (1857 GMT).
Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV) put the magnitude at 4.0 but both the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the European quake agency, EMSC, estimated the magnitude at 4.3.
Local Civil Protection Department official Giovanni Vittozzi said one woman was killed when she was hit by falling masonry from a church and that officials were checking reports of another victim.
Helicopters and a ferry boat were bringing in more rescue workers from the mainland.