A magnitude 5.4 earthquake shook this Friday at 14H53 GMT northern Italy, in the province of Parma, said the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), without which there have been so far no injuries or damage.
"No injuries or damage reported by now, according to information gathered together by firefighters and local authorities," said Demetrio Egidi, Head of Civil Protection in Emilia Romagna, a region that is the city of Parma.
The quake, which struck at a depth of 60.8 km, was in Genoa (Liguria), Turin, Bologna and Milan, as well as in Tuscany and Venice. Many people took to the streets after the quake. Office phones were overwhelmed by fire calls.
In Milan, the fire commander said he received "many calls from frightened people who wanted to be reassured and wanted to know exactly what happened."
"This is especially schools and their principals, who asked to evacuate the premises while we have not clarified the situation," he said.
Some office buildings were also evacuated, in accordance with safety plans.