Such horrible news…
A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit southeast of Norcia, Italy, according to the United States Geological Survey.
The earthquake struck about 6.2 miles from the town of Norcia at 3:36 a.m. local time. The tremor was felt in Rome. About an hour after the earthquake, a 5.5-magnitude aftershock hit just 4 kilometers northeast of Norcia.
Although the extent of damage and injuries was not immediately clear, the earthquake could be devastating.
Several buildings collapsed in the mountain town of Amatrice, according to CNN affiliate RAI.
The USGS estimated that significant casualties are likely and that economic loss could be extensive. “Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are a mix of vulnerable and earthquake resistant construction,” according to USGS’ initial estimate on economic loss.
The mayor of Amatrice near Rieti, Sergio Pirozzi, told state-run RAI radio and Sky TG24 that residents were buried under collapsed buildings, that the lights had gone out and that heavy equipment was needed to clear streets covered with debris.
“The town isn’t here anymore,” he said.
Our prayers are with those affected.