Strong eartquake hits Italy: Amatrice, Italy, 'not here any more'

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Earthquake of magnitude 6.0 strikes north-east of Rome, with shock felt across region and mayor in town of Amatrice saying people buried under rubble

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck central Italy, leaving at least six people dead and others trapped under rubble, Italian officials said.
The US Geological Survey said the quake hit near the town of Norcia in the region of Umbria at 3.36am. The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre put the magnitude at 6.1 and said the epicentre was north-east of Rome, near Rieti.

The mayor of Amatrice town told Italian radio that town is "not here any more".
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.



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