An earthquake that occurred in the province of Tuscany in Italy on Wednesday caused the temporary evacuation of the cathedral and the closing of the museums in the popular tourist destination of Siena.
The earthquake, which had a magnitude of 3.7 and had its epicenter in Poggibonsi near Siena, was also felt in Empoli and Florence. It struck not long after the region conducted a test of its emergency notification system.
People in Siena, which is famous for its artistic legacy as well as for the Palio, a dramatic horse race that pitted neighborhoods against each other twice a year, rushed out of buildings and into the streets when the earthquake struck. Siena is located in Tuscany.
According to the press office of the church, the building was cleared out for around one hour.
According to claims from Italian media outlets, the earthquake caused parts of plaster to fall off the famed structure; however, the press office of the cathedral would not corroborate these reports.
Despite the fact that there appeared to be no damage to the buildings, the council decided that all museums should remain closed for the remainder of Wednesday and all of Thursday.
The historical district of Siena has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Italy has a history of seismic activity. Both the 2009 and 2016 earthquakes that were deadly claimed around 300 lives each.