Magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits central Italy

ROME — A 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit central Italy on Wednesday near the city of Terni, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) reported.

The quake’s epicenter was located 24 km. west of the city of Askoli Piceno and 50 km. north of the city of L’Aquila, which has a population of 68,500. The earthquake’s depth was two km., according to the EMSC.

Mayor Stefano Petrucci said at least four people died in the Italian town of Accumoli.

“A family of two parents and two children were trapped under the rubble of a collapsed building and they give no signs of life,” said the mayor of the town with a population of less than 1,000. “Town buildings were severely damaged in the quake.”

At least two people were reported dead in the Italian town of Amatrice following the earthquake, according to the press service of the local police.

Amatrice Mayor Sergio Pirozzi said the earthquake inflicted massive damages where buildings collapsed and people were left trapped under the debris.

“Roads to and out of the town are inoperable and half of the town has been destroyed,” Pirozzi said. “People are trapped under the rubble.”

“There was a landslide and there is a possibility that a bridge would collapse,” the mayor of Amatrice, which has a population of more than 2,800, added. PNA/TASS/