Magnitude 6.2 earthquake rocks Central Italy, death toll rises to 120

Updated Wednesday 24 August 2016 21:46
Magnitude 6.2 earthquake rocks Central Italy, death toll rises to 120
There has been an earthquake of 6.2 magnitude in Italy. The disaster devastated Amatrice, Accumoli and other towns in Central Italy. Death toll has reached 120. According to NYtimes, The authorities said the quake was comparable in intensity to one in 2009 in the Abruzzo region of central Italy that killed more than 300 people. Towns in three regions — Umbria, Lazio and Marche — were devastated by the quake, which could be felt as far away as Bologna in the north and Naples in the south.

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An injured woman is carried by rescuers in Amatrice, central Italy, where a 6.1 earthquake struck, Italy (24 August 2016)

Obama and Hillary Clinton has sent their condolences to the Italian Leader. According to @WhiteHouse twitter handle, Today, @POTUS spoke with President Mattarella of Italy to offer condolences and support following the earthquake.

Hillary Clinton said: Thinking about the people of both Italy and Myanmar as they respond to today's earthquakes. My heart goes out to the victims’ families. -H

According to the BBC, At least 120 people have been killed and 368 injured in an earthquake that hit a mountainous area of central Italy, PM Matteo Renzi has said. The magnitude-6.2 quake struck at 03:36 (01:36 GMT), 100km (65 miles) north-east of Rome, not far from Perugia.

Rescue teams are using heavy lifting equipment and their bare hands as they continue to search for survivors after nightfall.

 

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