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.

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


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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”.


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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”.

Read more: itv

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