A strong earthquake has struck central Italy, leaving at least 38 people dead and dozens feared trapped under the rubble.


The 6.2-magnitude quake struck at just after 3.30am local time near the city of Perugia but was felt more than 100 miles away in Rome.

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The mayor of Amatrice, one of the worst-hit areas, said “half the town is gone”.


The death toll could rise further with the mayor of Accumoli saying a family of four – which includes two children – “are not showing any signs of life”.


At least 38 people are believed to have died between Accumoli and Amatrice, while a further 10 were killed in the nearby Arquata area.

At a press briefing, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Italy “knows how to cope”, adding “when things don’t go well the whole of Italy demonstrates its most beautiful aspect”.

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