Earthquake felt in large parts of southern Italy

ROME Sun Dec 29, 2013 12:45pm EST

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ROME (Reuters) - An earthquake hit areas of southern Italy on Sunday, sending many residents out on to the streets.

The quake, which was measured by the U.S. Geological Survey at 5.2 magnitude and by Italian scientists at about 4.9, was felt in densely populated cities such as Naples, Avellino and Caserta.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage.

(Reporting By Philip Pullella; Editing by Erica Billingham)

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