ROME, 27th October, 2016 (WAM) — A series of strong earthquakes rocked a wide area of central Italy on Wednesday, striking fear among residents rattled by a deadly tremor in August, but there were no reports of casualties and few serious injuries.

The quakes, which struck about two hours apart from each other, caused the collapse of several old structures, including a number of historic rural churches that were empty at the time, according to Reuters.

The first measure magnitude 5.4, the second 6.1 and the third 4.9, according to the US Geological Survey.

About five hours after the first quake, Civil Protection department chief, Fabrizio Curcio, said that “tens” of people were reported hurt but only four suffered serious, non-life threatening injuries.

“The reports are not as catastrophic as we feared,” he said.

All indications were that the damage would not approach that caused by the major quake that struck the Marche, Lazio and Umbria regions on Aug. 24, which devastated several towns and killed nearly 300 people.

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