63 People Dead, Hundreds Still Missing From 6.2-Magnitude Earthquake In Italy

Credit: Morguefile/Shenzi

Credit: Morguefile/Shenzi

63 people are currently dead from a massive earthquake in Italy.

At around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy near Norcia in Umbria, which is about 105 miles north of east Rome.

Four cities were almost completely wiped out: Amatrice, Accumoli, Arquata del Tronto and Pescara del Tronto. The quake was so powerful that even buildings in Rome shook.

The quake struck while most of the people were asleep in their homes. Many were buried alive in their sleep from the destruction. Some of the dead include two babies.

About 150 people are still missing and are believed to be trapped underneath the rubble, as rescuers attempt to save their lives.

Photographer Emiliano Grillotti witnessed 15 people trying to rescue a family of four and recalled some of the chilling things he heard.

“I can hear one of the children screaming,” he said, according to Daily Mail.

Those who survived the quake referred to the aftermath as “apocalyptic.” The mayor of Accumoli, Stefano Petrucci, grieved over the devastation.

“My town isn’t here anymore,” Petrucci said.

This disaster is the biggest in the region since a 6.3-magnitude quake struck 28 miles to the south east of Norcia, which killed 295 people and injured 1,000.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Italy at this time.

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