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Large Earthquake Strikes Central Italy, Killing Several People ROME — Strong earthquakes struck central Italy early Wednesday, killing several people, trapping many others under debris and setting off tremors that awakened sleeping residents in Rome nearly 100 miles away The first, 6

2-magnitude earthquake struck at 3:36 am near the town of Accumoli, in the province of Rieti The mayor of Accumoli, Stefano Petrucci, reported that six people had been killed there And at least two people were reported to have been killed in Pescara del Tronto in the province of Ascoli Piceno, according to the authorities

Severe damage was reported in Amatrice, where Mayor Sergio Pirozzi said, “Half the town no longer exists” He added that Amatrice had been cut off because of damage to roads and a bridge, and appealed during a live television broadcast for assistance “There are people stuck in the rubble,” he said, calling on emergency services to help clear roads “Houses are no longer there,” he added, suggesting that victims had been buried in the debris In 2009, a devastating earthquake in the Abruzzo region of central Italy killed more than 300 people and left about 65,000 homeless

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