ROME, Aug. 23 (UPI) — At least six people have been reportedly killed after 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. The USGS expects there could be many casualties, given conditions.
At least six people have been killed, Italian officials told state-run RAI radio.
“Four people are under the rubble, but they are not showing any sign of life. Two parents and two children,” Accumoli mayor Stefano Petrucci said.
Local police have also told RAI two people are known to have been killed in Pescara del Tronto.
Sergio Perozzi, the mayor of Amatrice, told RAI “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.