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Aug 24, 2016

Powerful Earthquakes in central Italy leaves dozens dead

Powerful Earthquakes in central Italy leaves dozens dead

Strong earthquakes struck a mountainous stretch of central Italy early Wednesday, killing at least 38 people, trapping scores under debris and setting off tremors that awakened residents in Rome, nearly 100 miles to the southwest. The first, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake, struck at 3:36 a.m., about 6.5 miles southeast of the town of Norcia in the Umbria region, followed by about 40 quakes over the next three hours, including a 5.5-magnitude temblor at 4:33 a.m. The death toll, reported by the Italian news media, was almost certain to rise, given that scores of people remained unaccounted for. The authorities said the first quake was comparable in intensity to a 2009 earthquake in the Abruzzo region of central Italy that killed more than 300 people.

Powerful Earthquakes in central Italy leaves dozens dead
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People stand along a road following a quake in Amatrice STRINGER/REUTERS

Powerful Earthquakes in central Italy leaves dozens dead
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A man wrapped in blanket looks on as a rescuer with a dog stand in front a collapsed house following a quake in Amatrice STRINGER/REUTERS

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People walk past rubble following a quake in Amatrice STRINGER/REUTERS

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A woman is helped to leave his home by rescuers following a quake in Amatrice REMO CASILLI/REUTERS

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The interior of a house is seen following a quake in Amatrice REMO CASILLI/REUTERS

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Rescuers and people walk along a road following an earthquake in Accumuli di Rieti, central Italy STAFF/REUTERS

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A bust is seen on the ground following an earthquake in Accumoli di Rieti STAFF/REUTERS

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Rescuers work following an earthquake that hit Amatrice STRINGER/REUTERS

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A man is rescued alive from the ruins following an earthquake in Amatrice REMO CASILLI/REUTERS

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A man is carried away after having been rescued alive from the ruins following an earthquake in Amatrice REMO CASILLI/REUTERS

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Rescuers work on a collapsed building following an earthquake in Amatrice CIRO DE LUCA/REUTERS

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People and rescuers stand near collapsed buildings following an earthquake in Amatrice CIRO DE LUCA/REUTERS

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People sit along a road following an earthquake in Amatrice CIRO DE LUCA/REUTERS

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Rescuers prepare food and basic necessities in front of a partially collapsed building following an earthquake in Amatrice CIRO DE LUCA/REUTERS

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Rescuers prepare food and basic necessities in front of a partially collapsed building following an earthquake in Amatrice CIRO DE LUCA/REUTERS

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People walk with their belongings following an earthquake in Amatrice CIRO DE LUCA/REUTERS

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Rescuers work on a collapsed building following an earthquake in Amatrice CIRO DE LUCA/REUTERS

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The interior of an house is seen following an earthquake in Amatrice CIRO DE LUCA/REUTERS

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Rescuers prepare food and basic necessities following an earthquake in Amatrice CIRO DE LUCA/REUTERS

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Rescuers work following an earthquake at Pescara del Tronto REMO CASILLI/REUTERS

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An injured person is rescued with a helicopter following an earthquake at Pescara del Tronto REMO CASILLI/REUTERS

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An injured person is carried away on a stretcher following an earthquake at Pescara del Tronto REMO CASILLI/REUTERS

Powerful Earthquakes in central Italy leaves dozens dead
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A statue of the Virgin Lady stands outside a destroyed niche following an earthquake at Pescara del Tronto REMO CASILLI/REUTERS

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The interior of an house is seen following an earthquake at Pescara del Tronto REMO CASILLI/REUTERS

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Rescuers work following an earthquake at Pescara del Tronto REMO CASILLI/REUTERS

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Rescuers work on collapsed buildings following an earthquake in Amatrice CIRO DE LUCA/REUTERS

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People stand next collapsed buildings following an earthquake in Amatrice STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS

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Rescuers and people stand next a collapsed building following an earthquake in Amatrice CIRO DE LUCA/REUTERS

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