Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) stated the”powerful” tremor struck at 9.27 pm and lasted for only ten minutes.
It was felt in the cities of Ragusa, Syracuse, and Catania, the Italian news agency ANSA said.
The epicenter was reported to maintain the Mediterranean Sea, 15 kilometers south of Acate in the southern Sicilian shore.
“I had been afraid, everything was trembling,” Stefano Sucato, that resides in Ragusa, told ANSA. “Many individuals have fled and are still on the road.”
Residents around 300 kilometers from the island’s capital Palermo reporting feeling the tremor.
It was felt on the local island of Malta.
Italy’s Civil Protection Department stated its first checks generated no reports of damage or accidents.
A lot of Italy and its islands lie about active fault lines and earthquakes occur frequently in the area.