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Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake Strikes Italy

Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake Strikes Central Italy

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake has struck central Italy, south of the city of Perugia, the US Geological Survey says, with the shock. 

(CNN)An earthquake, about 10 kilometers deep, has shaken central Italy. Here’s what we know:

UnknownSix people have been confirmed killed so far in the 6.2-magnitude quake, according to CNN affiliate RAI.
Original earthquake struck near the town of Norcia at 3:36 a.m. local time An hour later, a 5.5-magnitude aftershock hit just four kilometers north of the same town
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14 dead in Italy quake

At least 14 people have now been confirmed dead in the central Italy earthquake, CNN affiliate Rai News says.

Italy’s Civil Protectione, which is coordinating the rescue effort, says it is still getting information on numbers of deaths.

UnknownWhen did the Italy earthquake and its aftershocks take place?

A photo taken in Arquata del Tronto, a town close to the severely earthquake-damaged Amatrice.

Unknown-1Australian Seismological Center Director Kevin McCue says Wednesday’s earthquake was in a high risk area.

“Buildings should be designed and built to withstand this level of shaking without collapse. That they don’t is typical of the attitude to this hazard in Italy … where the risk of being killed in a vehicle accident is much higher (than elsewhere),” he says.

Macquarie University Chief Geoscientist Paul Somerville says a 6.7-magnitude earthquake in 1915 in the same region killed about 32,000 people.

Retired journalist Wolf Achtner says he was in his home, 60 miles (95 kilometers) from the earthquake’s epicenter, when it struck.

“This earthquake was something I felt very strongly. I could compare it to the 2009 earthquake … It almost seemed as though someone picked up my armchair and was trying to throw me out.”

6 dead in Italy quake

At least six people have been killed in Wednesday’s earthquake in central Italy, CNN affiliate RAI News is reporting.

Rescue operations will be coordinated from the town of Rieti, Italy’s National Civil Protection says.

Unknown-2More pictures are emerging of rescue teams combing the rubble in the town of Amatrice, searching for signs of life.

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