6.2 earthquake shakes Rome and central Italy

ROME, Aug. 23 (UPI) — A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has shaken Rome and central Italy, destroying some buildings and trapping people under rubble, officials said early Thursday.

The quake struck at 3:36 a.m. with the epicenter 47 miles from the city of Perugia, at a depth of just six miles, according to the USGS. No casualties have been reported, however, the USGS expects there could be many, given conditions.

Sergio Perozzi, the mayor of Amatrice, told Italy’s RAI radio “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.”

Buildings in Rome shook for as long as 20 seconds, La Repubblica newspaper is reporting.

At least two aftershocks have occurred since the first quake.

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