At least 18 people have died following an earthquake in Italy 6 years ago

At least 18 people have died following an earthquake in Italy

An earthquake occurred in Italy overnight.

At least 18 people are believed to have been killed following an earthquake which struck central Italy. The 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit areas near Rome including Umbria, Accumoli, Amatrice, Posta and Arquata del Tronto.

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It's believed the earthquake hit at around 3:30am local time with several smaller aftershocks.

According to Sky News, The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre said the epicentre was northeast of Rome, near Norcia in Umbria.

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The death toll could rise as emergency services continue to search through debris and rubble in the towns. Numerous buildings have collapsed in villages and towns close to the epicenter of the quake.

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Sergio Perozzi, Mayor of Amatrice, said "The town isn't here anymore. The aim is now to save as many lives as possible. There are voices under the rubble, we have to save the people there."