Volcanic activity at Stromboli also increases over Christmas.
The city of Catania in north-east Sicily was hit by a 4.8 magnitude earthquake at 03.19 on 26 December, according to Italian news agency ANSA.
10 people received non-serious injuries as a result of the earthquake which coincided with renewed volcanic activity at nearby Mount Etna which has been erupting since Christmas Eve.
The volcano at Stromboli, part of the Aoelian Islands off the Sicilian coast, has also increased its activity, confirming the link between the two volcanoes which are among the most active in Europe.
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Catania hit by strong earthquake as Etna erupts
Catania, Province of Catania, Italy
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