At least 38 people were killed when a strong earthquake jolted central Italy early on Wednesday, forcing people fleeing to the street,
The earthquake quake, according to Reuters report, collapses a number of building in town and villages but did not seem to have hit heavily populated areas.
The worst affected towns were believed to be Accumoli and Amatrice near Rieti, some 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Rome.
According to other media reports, the center of Amatrice was devastated, with entire palazzos razed to the ground. As aftershocks continued into the early morning hours, rocks and metal tumbled onto the streets and dazed residents huddled in piazzas.