It's a tragedy, half the town is gone.
There are people under the rubble...
There's been a landslide and a bridge might collapse."
The Mayor of Amatrice, Rieti, Sergio Perozzi
Residents in central Italy have woken up to scenes of devastation this morning following an overnight strong 6.2 earthquake which literally rocked the heart of the country and flattened several villages. 247 people have died so far and hundreds more reported missing. These numbers are expected to increase.
initially it was reported just five people were killed in the 6.2 magnitude earthquake quake, which sent residents fleeing and running into the streets. A family of four trapped under the rubble, was presumed dead. More fatalities are likely say rescuers.
The 'shallow' earthquake, erupted after 3:30am CET, at a depth of 6 miles, was felt right across central Italy.
In the capital Rome, where people living in the historic centre, felt 'a long swaying followed by aftershocks.'
The Mayor of Amatrice near Rieti, Sergio Perozzi, interviewed on RAI Radio 1 that there were collapsed buildings in the town centre and that the lights had gone out. He said he's unable to get in touch with emergency responders or reach the hospital.
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