Earthquake Kills 21 In Italy

At least 21 people have been killed, and many others trapped under rubble, after an earthquake, measuring magnitude 6.2, struck central Italy.

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck central Italy, leaving at least 21 people dead and many others trapped under rubble, reports say.

The highest casualties were reported in the small village of Pescara del Tronto, where 10 people were reported dead, among them children. Twenty people have been taken to hospital.

Much of the town of Amatrice was reduced to rubble and a family of four were feared dead nearby in Accumoli.

The earthquake struck at 03:36 (01:36 GMT), 100km (65 miles) northeast of Rome.

Although it struck at a shallow depth of 10km, its intensity was compared to the Aquila earthquake in April 2009 in which 309 people died. The epicentre was around Accumoli where several people died.

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