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Dozens dead as shallow 6.2 quake shakes Rome, devastates towns in central Italy

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The Colosseum in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy

The Colosseum in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy. Photo: joekrump (PIxabay).

A powerful 6.2-magnitude earthquake followed by a series of aftershocks has rocked central Italy. Strong tremors were felt in the country’s capital, Rome, and several small towns and villages have been seriously damaged with with dozens reportedly killed and hundreds injured.

The quake hit at 01:36 GMT with an epicenter 76 kilometers southeast of the city of Perugia, the US Geological Survey reported.

The town of Norcia, home to some 5,000 residents, lies just 10km southeast of the quake’s epicenter, according to US Geological Survey (USGS). The ancient Italian city of Spoleto in the Perugia province with some 40,000 residents is located 35km east of the quake.

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