- Italy was struck by an earthquake south-east of the city of Perugia in the early hours of the morning
- Reports indicate at least 6 people have died as a result
- The city is currently left without electricicty and the roads are blocked by debris
An earthquake with a magnitude of about 6,2 on the Richter scale struck Italy just south-east of the city Perugia.
Reports indicate that the earthquake could have been felt in Rome, where building were shaking for about 20 seconds.
The earthquake happened at around 03:36AM local time. The earthquake lasted for about 20 seconds and there was an aftershock about 20 minutes later, which was as strong as the first earthquake.
Sergio Perozzi, the mayor of Amatrice, said that a couple of buildings were destroyed in the city by the earthquake and there could be people under the debris. He also noted that the city was left with no electricity as a result of the earthquake.
“Three-quarters of the town is not there anymore. The aim now is to save as many lives as possible. There are voices under the rubble, we have to save the people there,” said the Amatrice mayor.
The mayor added: "The roads in and out of town are cut off. Half the town is gone. There are people under the rubble... There's been a landslide and a bridge might collapse."
Steffano Petrucci, the mayor of Accumuli said: “Now that daylight has come, we see that the situation is even more dreadful than we feared with buildings collapsed, people trapped under the rubble and no sound of life.”
A family of four was found dead in the rubbles of a building in Accumuli.
Police reports indicate that 2 more people died in the neighbouring village.