Dozens Dead in Italy M6.2 Earthquake Near Umbria, Lazio and Marche — 100 Miles Northeast of Rome


Italy’s civil protection agency says at least 37 people have died in the magnitude 6 quake that struck central Italy. Crews are looking through the rubble of collapsed buildings for survivors and victims. (Aug. 24)

At least 73 people were reported killed and dozens more were missing or feared dead Wednesday after a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck central Italy at 1:36 UTC or 8:36 p.m. CDT (Chicago time). The main earthquake and several aftershocks destroyed buildings and cut power in several towns in central Italy.

The official epicenter location from the USGS is 10 km southeast of Norcia, Italy. Towns with the most damage were Umbria, Lazio and Marche about 80 to 100 miles northeast of Rome. Norcia is about 67 miles northeast of Rome.

The Italian news agency ANSA initially reported the following casualties:

Amatrice, Italy … 35 deaths

Accumoli, Italy … 11 deaths

Province of Ascoli Piceno, including Pescara del Tronto … 17 deaths

Rescuers near Amatrice, Italy are attempting to respond to 69 hamlets nearby.

Eve Read, who witnessed the earthquake, describes experiencing an earthquake in central Italy.

A man and a girl were pulled from the earthquake rubble in Amatrice, Italy on Wednesday. Dozens are known dead in the strong earthquake that hit central Italy early Wednesday.

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