Via the New York Times:
Strong earthquakes struck central Italy early Wednesday, killing several people, trapping many others under debris and setting off tremors that awakened sleeping residents in Rome nearly 100 miles to the southwest.
The first, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake, struck at 3:36 a.m. near the town of Accumoli, in the province of Rieti.
The mayor of Accumoli, Stefano Petrucci, reported that six people had been killed there. And at least two people were reported to have been killed in Pescara del Tronto in the province of Ascoli Piceno, according to the authorities.
Severe damage was reported in Amatrice, where Mayor Sergio Pirozzi said, “Half the town no longer exists.”
Mr. Pirozzi said that the number of victims was uncertain and that rescue teams were digging through the rubble of crumbled buildings, “hoping that most people were alive,” but he said that the historic center had been destroyed.
My sister has a stepdaughter and family in Florence, which is outside of the zone. I’ll post when I hear from them.
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U.S. women’s gymnastics team wins gold at the Olympics.
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