2 quakes rattle Italy, crumbling buildings and causing panic

A pair of strong aftershocks shook central Italy late Wednesday, crumbling churches and buildings, knocking out power and sending panicked residents into the rain-drenched streets just two months after a powerful earthquake killed nearly 300 people.

But hours after the temblors hit, there were no reports of serious injuries or death and no signs of people trapped in rubble, though a handful of people were treated for slight injuries or anxiety at area hospitals in the most affected regions of Umbria and Le Marche, said the head of Italy's civil protection agency, Fabrizio Curcio.

The quakes were actually aftershocks to the Aug. 24 quake that struck a broad swath of central...