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A 6.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hit Italy Today (VIDEO)

24 Aug

At least eight people were killed
Wednesday after a magnitude 6.2
earthquake struck central Italy,
according to local news reports.
A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has
struck central Italy, leaving at least
six people dead and others 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 Amatrice told Italian
radio “half the town is gone”.
In Rome, some buildings shook for
20 seconds, according to La
Repubblica newspaper.
A family of four had been found
under rubble in the town of
Accumoli, the town’s mayor Stefano
Petrucci told RAI TV.
Meanwhile police said two people
had died in the nearby village of
Pescara del Tronto, RAI reported.
There were also reports of serious
damage in the town of Amatrice.
“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.
Italy’s Civil Protection agency
described the earthquake as
“severe”.
“It was so strong. It seemed the bed
was walking across the room by itself
with us on it,” Lina Mercantini of
Ceselli, Umbria, told Reuters.
Rescue teams are being sent to the
worst-hit areas, the prime minister’s
office said.
The quake was initially reported as
being magnitude 6.4. It was
followed by several powerful
aftershocks, La Repubblica
newspaper reported.
The deputy editor of the British
newspaper, The Times, told the BBC
that the quake lasted about 20
seconds followed by an aftershock
about 20 minutes later which was
easily as strong.
“It was pitch dark, very cold. Nobody
in our group had a clue what to do in
an earthquake,” Emma Tucker said,
who was in the area at the time.
The USGS predicted the damage
could be significant, based on data
from previous quakes.
It said the quake struck near the
Umbrian city of Norcia, whose
picturesque historic centre is a
popular tourist site.
However Norcia Mayor Nicola
Alemanno said no deaths have been
reported there.
“The anti-seismic structures of the
town have held,” he said. “There is
damage to the historic heritage and
buildings, but we do not have any
serious injuries.”
In 2009, a 6.3-magnitude
earthquake in the Aquila region,
which was also felt in the Italian
capital, left more than 300 dead.
The video from the incident:

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