The BBC reports the death toll as at least 250. Utterly devastating for this small community.
Earthquake was ‘long and ugly’
Local residents have been speaking of their shock at the scale of Wednesday’s earthquake.
Silvano Parla, from the town of Arquata del Tronto, said earthquakes were felt regularly in the area, but added: “I have lived through many earthquakes in the years – every seven to eight years there is an earthquake here. But one like this one, never. It was long and ugly.”
A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck central Italy, leaving at least 37 people dead and 150 missing, as rescuers search for survivors.
Many of the dead were in the village of Pescara del Tronto which was levelled to the ground and there were fears the number of casualties could rise.
Much of the town of Amatrice was reduced to rubble and a family of four were feared dead nearby in Accumoli.
The quake hit at 03:36 (01:36 GMT), 100km (65 miles) north-east 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.
Some buildings in the capital shook for 20 seconds as the quake struck the regional border area of Umbria, Lazio and Le Marche. It was felt from Bologna in the north to Naples in the south. Some 80 aftershocks have been reported since…
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