A strong earthquake has brought down buildings in central Italy, killing at least six people. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Strong quake hits central Italy
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A strong earthquake brought down buildings in mountainous central Italy early on Wednesday, trapping residents and sending others fleeing into the streets.
At at least six people are believed to have been killed.
The quake caused serious damage to a number of towns and villages but did not seem to have hit heavily populated areas.
The worst-hit towns were believed to be Accumoli, Amatrice, Posta and Arquata del Tronto, Fire Department spokesman Luca Cari told Reuters, adding that helicopters would be sent up at first light to assess the damage.
The U.S. Geological Survey said a 6.2 magnitude quake hit near the town of Norcia, in the region of Umbria, at 3.36 a.m. (0136 GMT). Italy’s civil protection agency said the earthquake was “severe”.
A 5.5 magnitude aftershock hit the same region an hour after the initial quake.
The last major earthquake to hit Italy struck the central city of L’Aquila in 2009, killing more than 300 people.