Dozens killed in Italy Earthquake

At least 60 people have been killed in an earthquake in central Italy.

The magnitude 6.2 quake hit at 03:36 (01:36 GMT), 100km (65 miles) north-east of Rome, not far from Perugia.

Many of the dead were in Accumoli, close to the epicentre, and a short distance away in Amatrice, where three-quarters of houses were destroyed.

Some of the worst damage was in Amatrice.

Amatrice damaged in earthquake
The main street in Amatrice before and after the quake.
Amatrice damaged in earthquake
The hamlet of Pescara del Tronto before and after the quake.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi paid tribute to the volunteers and civil defence officials who had rushed to the scene in the middle of the night and used their bare hands to dig for survivors.

Amatrice damaged in earthquake
Rescue operation is going on. It is feared the death toll may rise.

Many people are still believed buried under the rubble, and the death toll is expected to rise.

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