Georgia’s Foreign Ministry opens hotlines after powerful earthquakes in Italy

A building in Visso, central Italy, is pictured on Thursday, damaged by the two earthquakes that rocked the town on Wednesday night. Photo by AP, released through the Daily Mail., 27 Oct 2016 - 13:48, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has today announced two hotline numbers for Georgian citizens in Italy and Georgia in the wake of several powerful earthquakes that rocked central Italy yesterday. 

The Ministry said no deaths had been reported following the earthquakes in Macerata province and in Perugia. 

The hotline in Rome at Georgia’s Embassy to Italy is:  (+39 333) 887 91 23. 

The public can also phone another hotline, operating within the Consulate Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. This number is: (+995 32) 294 50 50. 

The first tremor measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale came at 7.10pm local time on Wednesday, near Visso in Macerata province.

The second quake, measuring 6.1, came two hours later, wiping out buildings and plunging homes into darkness.

The earthquakes were felt as far away as Venice in the far north, Naples in the south and in capital, Rome where historic buildings are reported to have shaken, 80 miles away from the epicentre near Perugia, Daily Mail reported.