Italy earthquake leaves 38 dead; Amatrice worst affected

The temblor�hit 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) southeast of Norcia at 3:36 a.m., the United States Geological Survey said

Italy earthquake leaves 38 dead; Amatrice worst affected

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.
 "The town is no more," Mayor Sergio Pirozzi told the affiliate. "I have an appeal to make: we have access roads to the town cut off and people under the rubble, help us."

He said there was no power, and it was crucial for rescue crews to get to the town.