Earthquake In Central Italy – At least 37 people have died and large portions of towns destroyed after a strong earthquake hit Central Italy early Wednesday morning.
The earthquake occurred around 100 miles northeast of the capital city of Rome. It has a magnitude of 6.2, according to the U.S Geologic Service.
The hardest-hit towns by the earthquake include popular tourist destinations Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto.
“A lot of the officials are lamenting that these are tiny towns but their populations swell in the summer, specifically because they are very sought-after vacation getaways,” Associated Press reporter Nicole Winfield is quoted as saying by NPR.
She added that the casualty figure might be higher because it was the time of the year when tourists frequented the area. “So the tiny town of Accumoli … the mayor said is only a population of 700 but it swells to about 2,500 in the summer,” she said.
Amatrice is reportedly one of the worst affected towns, and the mayor says that “half the town doesn’t exist anymore.”
” ‘The whole ceiling fell but did not hit me,’ resident Maria Gianni told the Associated Press. ‘I just managed to put a pillow on my head and I wasn’t hit luckily, just slightly injured my leg.’
In addition to the rising death toll, hundreds have been injured and thousands more requiring new accommodation.