Wednesday 24th August, 2016
ROME, ACCRA, Aug.
24, (UPI/GNA) – At least 38 people were killed after a magnitude-6.2
earthquake shook Rome and central Italy, destroying some buildings and trapping
people under rubble, officials said Wednesday.
The quake struck at
3:36 a.m. with an epicenter 47 miles from the city of Perugia, at a depth of 6
miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The USGS expects there could be many
casualties, given conditions.
occurred in the Lazio region villages of Accumoli and Amatrice, where 28 died. At
least 10 people died in the Marche region villages of Arquata and Pescara del
Sergio Perozzi, the
mayor of Amatrice, told RAI “roads in and out of town are cut off. Half
the town is gone. There are people under the rubble … There’s been a landslide
and a bridge might collapse.”
Buildings in Rome
shook for up to 20 seconds, La Repubblica newspaper reported.
At least two
aftershocks occurred after the first quake.
Minister Matteo Renzi is helping coordinate rescue efforts with authorities,
the Italian Council of Ministers said in a statement. Italy’s minister of
infrastructure and the head of the Italian National Civil Protection Department
are expected to travel to affected areas.
“I was deeply
saddened by the news of the earthquake that hit central Italy early on
Wednesday morning,” European Union Commission President Jean-Claude
Juncker said in a letter to Renzi. “My thoughts are with the families and
friends of the victims. On behalf of the European Commission and myself
personally, please accept our deepest sympathies. We stand, as ever, in
solidarity with the Italian nation and are ready to assist in any way we