The study abroad office has not received any reports of UA students who have been injured by the earthquake that shook central Italy this morning, a UA official said.

“We have about 15 students in Rome and Florence plus a few faculty and administrators traveling in the region,” said DeDe Long, director of the office of Study Abroad & International Exchange, in an email. “I have no reports of injuries or of anyone being close to the epicenter.”

Junior Elizabeth Wilson, a UA student studying abroad in Rome, said the earthquake was strong enough to be felt about 75 miles away and “wake them up and rattle the windows a bit.”

The 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy and 20 people have been reported injured, the Associated Press reported.

While the UA study abroad office has not contacted Wilson, it does not concern her.

“Rome is in a low-risk seismic area,” Wilson said. “We can feel the earthquakes, yes, but, as my host university would remind us here, there haven't been any noteworthy damages or any injuries related to earthquakes in Rome since the beginning of recorded history, aka 1300.”
Wilson’s host university, John Cabot, and the University of Rome will be closed on Monday for precautionary structural inspections, but Wilson said she thinks it is for people to have a chance to relax.

“Even the Roman students and the professors have been uneasy, especially since we've felt three earthquakes here in the past four days,” Wilson said.

 

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