6.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Italy; Residents Trapped

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A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck central Italy on Wednesday morning, Mayor Sergio Pirozzi has disclosed. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the tremor occurred at a depth of 6.2 miles and the quake’s epicenter was 4.1 miles west-northwest of Accumoli, Italy, and about 70 miles northeast of Romethe.

Major damage was reported in the town of Amatrice, a town of about 2,700 in the province of Rieti. Mayor Sergio Pirozzi said the quake was “a tragedy,” and added that there was no electricity in the town that had been reduced to rubble.

“I’m trying to contact the services. The town doesn’t exist anymore,” he told RAI radio, as reported by the Telegraph. “The ancient doors have come down. We need help from the civic protection.”

Residents of the Amatrice were also trapped under the rubble, Pirozzi said via a report from the Associated Press.

Social media users in Rome reported feeling the ground move during the earthquake. Many residents woke up and evacuated their homes near the epicenter, according to posts on social media.

Several aftershocks – one measuring magnitude-5.5 – were reported following the main quake.

The USGS estimated a high chance of big economic loss and a moderate chance of multiple fatalities.

This is the largest earthquake to hit Italy since a 6.3 magnitude tremor hit the L’Aquila region on April 6, 2009.

That earthquakewas responsible for more than 300 deaths, according to Scientific American.https://weather.com/safety/earthquake/news/central-italy-earthquake

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