A 6.2 Magnitude earthquake hit central Italy early Wednesday morning killing at least 73 people, trapping them under debris and setting off tremors that awakened residents in Rome, nearly 100 miles away from the scene.
The first quake hit at 3:36 A.M. followed by 40 more quakes over the next three hours, including a 5.5 magnitude.
According to CNN:
Towns across three regions — Umbria, Lazio and Marche — were devastated by the quakes, which could be felt as far away as Bologna in the north and Naples in the south. The towns of Accumoli, Amatrice, Arquata del Tronto and Pescara del Tronto were reported to be among the most heavily damaged. The town’s missing reportedly included two refugees from Afghanistan and three nuns and four elderly guests at a local boardinghouse. The town’s hospital had to be evacuated, but its patients were not injured, the news service ANSA reported.
Peep the devastation below: