At least 38 dead in Italy earthquake [Photos]

At least 38 people died in a powerful earthquake that hit central Italy early on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the civil protection department said.

A woman is helped to leave his home by rescuers following a quake in Amatrice, central Italy, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

A woman is helped to leave his home by rescuers following a quake in Amatrice, central Italy, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

 

A man walks amidst rubble following an earthquake in Pescara del Tronto, central Italy, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

A man walks amidst rubble following an earthquake in Pescara del Tronto, central Italy, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

The quake struck towns and villages in the mountainous heart of the country, which was making the rescue operation more difficult, said spokeswoman Immacolata Postiglione.

Rescuers work following an earthquake that hit Amatrice, central Italy, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Emiliano Grillotti

Rescuers work following an earthquake that hit Amatrice, central Italy, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Emiliano Grillotti

The partially damaged tower bell with the clock signing the time of the earthquake is seen in Amatrice, central Italy, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Emiliano Grillotti

The partially damaged tower bell with the clock signing the time of the earthquake is seen in Amatrice, central Italy, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Emiliano Grillotti

Speaking to journalists, Postiglione said 27 people had died between the towns of Accumoli and Amatrice, and a further 10 had died in the nearby Arquata area. Later in her press conference she upped the death toll to 38, without giving further details.

A bust is seen on the ground following an earthquake in Accumoli di Rieti, central Italy, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Steve Scherer

A bust is seen on the ground following an earthquake in Accumoli di Rieti, central Italy, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Steve Scherer

 

Rescuers work at a collapsed house following an earthquake in Accumoli di Rieti, central Italy, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Steve Scherer

Rescuers work at a collapsed house following an earthquake in Accumoli di Rieti, central Italy, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Steve Scherer

A man is carried away after having been rescued alive from the ruins following an earthquake in Amatrice, central Italy, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

A man is carried away after having been rescued alive from the ruins following an earthquake in Amatrice, central Italy, August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Source: Reuters

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