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Italy's Campi Flegrei near Naples shaken by 4.2-magnitude earthquake

Strongest earthquake to hit area in 40 years.

The Campi Flegrei or Phlegraean Fields area of Italy's southern Campania region near Naples was shaken by a 4.2-magnitude earthquake at 03.35 on Wednesday 27 September.

Experts said the quake, the latest in a series in recent weeks, was the strongest to hit the area in 40 years.

It occurred at a depth of about three kilometres, according to Italy's Geophysics and Volcanology Institute (INGV).

The earthquake sent people running into the streets in panic however there were no immediate reports of injuries or structural damage, Italy's civil protection department said.

Declared a regional park 20 years ago, the Phlegraean Fields area is a highly seismic zone of supervolcanic calderas, situated to the west of Naples.

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