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Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 14:05

Magnitude 6.2 quake rattles central Italy

By Agencies

ROME — A strong earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, levelling buildings in several towns as residents slept.

According to the US Geological Survey, the magnitude 6.2 quake struck at 3:36 am. It was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including the capital Rome where residents felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks.

The hardest-hit towns were reported as Amatrice and Accumoli near Rieti, with residents running into the streets as aftershocks continued into the early morning hours.

Until now, at least 10 people are believed killed, according to Reuters.

Magnitude 6.2 quake rattles central Italy
A man is pulled out of the rubble following an earthquake in Amatrice Italy, Aug 24, 2016. (Massimo Percossi/ANSA via AP)
Magnitude 6.2 quake rattles central Italy
A nun checks her mobile phone as she lies near a ladder following an earthquake in Amatrice Italy, Aug 24, 2016. (Massimo Percossi / ANSA via AP)

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