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Earthquake strikes central Italy
A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck central Italy, collapsing buildings and leaving people trapped under rubble, Italian officials said. The quake hit at 03:36 (01:36 GMT), 76 km (47 miles) southeast of the city of Perugia, at the very shallow depth of 10km (six miles), the USGS said. The mayor of one town told Italian radio that “half the town is gone”. In Rome, some buildings shook for 20 seconds, according to La Repubblica newspaper. Amatrice’s mayor Sergio Perozzi told state-run RAI radio that the town had been badly damaged…
Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes central Italy
PEOPLE are reportedly trapped under rubble after a powerful earthquake struck brought buildings crashing down and made at least one city “disappear” in central Italy. The shallow, 6.2-magnitude quake struck 10km southeast of Norcia, a town in the province of Perugia in southeastern Umbria in the early hours of Wednesday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey. The quake was felt as far away as Rome, about 150km away from the epicentre, as homes in the historic centre swayed about 3.30am local time. People reportedly ran into streets in central Umbria and Le Marche, according to state-run RAI radio. There are reports the city of Amatrice, near the epicentre, was “destroyed” and that “half of the city disappeared”….
Strong earthquake hits central Italy
A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck central Italy early on Wednesday, with reports of damaged buildings and blackouts near the epicentre Rieti and residents fleeing their homes and running into the streets. The shallow quake, estimated to have struck after 3.30am (11.30am AEST) at a depth of four kilometres, was felt across a broad section of central Italy, including the capital Rome where people in homes in the historic centre felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks…