Strong Earthquake in Italy Leaves People Dead

  • Country - 24 August 2016, 11:58
An earthquake struck central Italy last night. At least five people were killed in the 6.2 magnitude earthquake quake, which sent residents fleeing their homes and running into the streets. A family of four were also trapped under the rubble and showing no signs of life, telegraph.co.uk informed.

The mayor of Amatrice near Rieti, Sergio Perozzi, told state-run RAI Radio 1 that there were downed buildings in the town centre and that the lights had gone out. He said he was unable to get in touch with emergency responders or reach the hospital.

"What can I tell you? It's a tragedy," he said. "Half the town is gone. There are people under the rubble... There's been a landslide and a bridge might collapse."

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, telegraph.co.uk informed.