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​Many Feared Dead And Others Trapped After Devastating Earthquake Strikes Central Italy

​Many Feared Dead And Others Trapped After Devastating Earthquake Strikes Central Italy

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At least 10 people are believed to have been killed after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit central Italy.

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The quake occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning and it has caused massive devastation and trauma.

A family of four are believed to be among the dead, while there are also thought to be people still trapped inside the rubble.

The quake struck to the north east of Rome and the worst hit towns include Accumoli, Amatrice, Posta and Arquata del Tronto.

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Italy earthquake

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"Three quarters of the town is not there anymore," Amatrice mayor Sergio Pirozzi told RAI. "The aim now is to save as many lives as possible. There are voices under the rubble, we have to save the people there."

Pirozzi also said: "Now that daylight has come, we see that the situation is even more dreadful than we feared with buildings collapsed, people trapped under the rubble and no sound of life."

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Tremors of the quake were also felt in Rome, where some residents were woken by the shaking.

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Italy earthquake

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Sadly, earthquakes are not rare in central Italy and the last major quake killed more than 300 people in 2009.

Amatrice has suffered the worst of Wednesday's quake and it is here where the family of four are believed to have been buried.

Another two bodies have also reportedly been removed from the rubble caused by the damage in Amatrice while there are also feared to be people dead in Pescara del Tronto.

Olga Urbani, who lives in Scheggino to the west of Amatrice, said: "Dear God it was awful. The walls creaked and all the books fell off the shelves."

Our thoughts are with the people of Italy.