Earthquake leaves at least 73 dead in central Italy



    Earthquake leaves at least 73 dead in central Italy

    Aug.24, Perugia: A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck central Italy, leaving at least 73 people dead and others trapped under rubble, Italian officials said.

    According to the USGS, 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 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.

    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.

    The Oslo Times International News Network

     
     

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