Worldwide News {Video} Italy Hit With 6.2 Magnitude Earthquake Killing 73 + People

Published On August 24, 2016 | By admin | Local & Worldwide News

ROME — At least 73 people were killed and dozens more were missing or feared dead Wednesday after a magnitude-6.2 earthquake and a series of aftershocks struck several towns in central Italy, toppling scores of buildings, according to Italy’s civil protection agency.

 

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Hardest hit were towns in the regions of Umbria, Lazio and Marche some 80 to 100 miles northeast of Rome.

Immacolata Postiglione, head of the civil protection agency, gave the breakdown at a briefing Wednesday but stressed the figures were still provisional.

Earlier, the Italian news agency ANSA reported at least 35 were killed in the town of Amatrice, 11 in Accumoli, near Rieti, and 17 in the province of Ascoli Piceno, which includes Pescara del Tronto.

Much of central Amatrice was

As rescue teams using bulldozers and bare hands claw through piles of rubble, authorities warned the death toll is likely to rise.

Mayor Sergio Pirozzi, the mayor of Amatrice, told the Associated Press that rescue teams are trying to reach all 69 hamlets around his town.

“Half of the town doesn’t exist anymore,” Pirozzi told RAI-TV. “People are stuck underneath the rubble. Houses are no longer there.

 

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