Italy Earthquake: Death Toll Rises To 73

At least 73 people are now believed to have been killed, and more are still trapped among the rubble, following an earthquake, measuring magnitude 6.2, in central Italy.

At least 73 people have been killed in an earthquake that hit a mountainous area of central Italy, authorities say.

The magnitude 6.2 quake struck at 03:36 (01:36 GMT), while most residents were asleep in their homes, around 100km (65 miles) northeast of Rome, close to the city of Perugia.

Many of the dead were in Accumoli, close to the epicentre, and a short distance away in Amatrice, where three-quarters of houses were destroyed.

There is still believed to be many people buried under the rubble, and the death toll is expected to rise.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi paid tribute to the volunteers and civil defence officials who had rushed to the scene in the middle of the night and used their bare hands to dig for survivors,

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