Towns wiped out
At least 20 people have died in an earthquake that rocked central Italy this morning.
The 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit areas like Amartrice where “Half the town is gone” due to the impact.
The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre put the magnitude at 6.1. The US Geological Survey put the magnitude at 6.2, with the epicenter at Norcia, about 105 miles northwest of Rome.
The quake hit at 03:36 (01:36 GMT), 100km (65 miles) north-east of Rome, at a shallow depth of 10km.
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“The roads in and out of town are cut off. Half the town is gone. There are people under the rubble. There’s been a landslide and a bridge might collapse,” mayor Sergio Perozzi told RAI radio.
Another town badly affected was Accumoli where six people had died.
“One person was pulled out of the rubble during the night,” said Stefano Petrucci, the mayor of the town.
“Then there is a family of four under a collapsed house and sadly there are two small children among them.”