Number of casualties after earthquake in Italy rises to 38

ROME, — The number of confirmed casualties after the earthquake in central Italy has reached 38, the country’s Civil Protection service said Wednesday.

According to Civil Protection spokeswoman Immacolata Postiglione, the number of victims is expected to rise as a large number of people is considered missing.

The 6.1-magnitude earthquake, which hit central Italy at about 03:36 local time (01:36 GMT) Wednesday, resulted in serious damage and civilian casualties across the region.

The epicenter of the earthquake was located near the town of Accumoli in the metropolitan region of Lazio. PNA/Sputnik/