6.2 Magnitude Earthquake hits central Italy
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
At 3:36am this morning,a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck about 10 kilometres southeast of , . The quake hit at a depth of 10 kilometres, and was felt all the way to , about 100 (150 ) away from the town of Norcia.
120 or more people are dead, officials have said, including children, and around 100 people are reported missing. The death toll has risen over the course of the day, and is expected to rise further as scores of people remain unaccounted for. The 6.2 magnitude quake has effected the central towns of Norcia,, and . Sergio Pirozzi, Amatrice's mayor, remarked, "Half the town no longer exists", as most of it has been reduced to rubble. Mayor Pirozzi went on to say rescue teams were digging with the "[hope] that most people were alive."
After hearing about the devastating effects of the earthquake,postponed a weekly address on religious teachings, instead dedicating a prayer session in for those affected by the disaster. "[L]earning that there are children among the victims, I am deeply saddened," Pope Francis told his public.
Authorities have compared today's earthquake in central Italy to the 2009 earthquake that killed over 300 people in, Italy. Italy's Civil Protection agency characterized the earthquake as "severe".
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