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Rescuers comb rubble after Italy quake


Severe magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes central Italy
Search teams are still trying to rescue people buried under rubble in central Italy, caused by a magnitude 6.2 earthquake. At least 245 people are known to have been killed in the region, which is popular with tourists, a number that is likely to rise still further.
“Half the town is gone,” the mayor of Amatrice told RAI radio. “The roads in and out of town are cut off. There are people under the rubble. There’s been a landslide and a bridge might collapse.”
A family of four are feared dead in the rubble of their house in the town of Accumoli, while at least two have died in Pescara del Tronto.
The quake, which began at 03:36 and has been followed by many damaging aftershocks, hit 100km north-east of Rome. It was felt in the capital and as far away as Venice.
“It was so strong. It seemed the bed was walking across the room by itself with us on it,” one resident of Ceselli told Reuters.
Officials compared the intensity of the earthquake to Aquila in 2009, when 309 people died.
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