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ITALIAN ART TREASURES ESCAPE DAMAGE IN QUAKE

Urbino's famed ducal palace reopened today after inspectors said cracks that appeared in its walls after an earthquake Thursday in central Italy were "nothing to worry about."

The magnitude-4.7 quake, the latest in a series of tremors that has shaken central Italy over the last six months, was centered in the Umbrian village of Gualdo Tadino, about 25 miles from Assisi. Assisi suffered extensive damage in a quake last year.

No injuries were reported after Thursday's quake, but fears arose for the Renaissance treasures of the walled town of Urbino, just 30 miles from the epicenter, where plasterwork fell from buildings and cracks appeared in walls. No serious damage to artwork was immediately evident.

Thursday's quake struck six months to the day of last year's first two tremors.

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