Friday 9 December 2016

Earthquake leaves 159 dead in central Italy

Published 25/08/2016 | 02:30

A nun checks her mobile phone as she lies near a makeshift stretcher following an earthquake in Amatrice, central Italy Photo: Massimo Percossi/ANSA via AP
A nun checks her mobile phone as she lies near a makeshift stretcher following an earthquake in Amatrice, central Italy Photo: Massimo Percossi/ANSA via AP

Survivors were last night still being pulled from the rubble hours after a magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit central Italy, killing at least 159 people.

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The quake struck in the early hours of yesterday when most of the residents were asleep, razing homes and buckling roads in a cluster of communities 140km east of Rome.

The quake hit near the Umbrian town of Norcia, in an area popular as a summer holiday destination.

Tremors could be felt for 20 seconds in Rome, as far north as Bologna and as far south as Naples.

The worst-hit towns were believed to be Accumoli, Amatrice, Posta and Arquata del Tronto.

Irish Independent

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