Earthquake leaves 159 dead in central Italy
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.
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.