Wednesday morning, central Italy was hit by earthquake tremors that brought down many buildings as residents slept in their homes. At 3.30 a.m, the quake was felt by many including those living in the capital city Rome. It is being asserted by European Mediterranean Seismological Center that it was a 6.1 magnitude-earthquake, while US Geological Survey claimed a 6.2 mgnitude.
The epicenter of the quake was at Norcia, a city to the northwest of Rome. People in the historic city of Rome felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. This was one of the most grave eathquakes witnessed by Italy ever since 2009. People came out on the streets after some buildings collapsed.
A similiar earthquake had struck L’Aquil in central Italy in 2009 killing more than 300 people. The magnitude for the 2009 one was 6.3. Some buildings that line up the Umbrian countryside in the town have collapsed, people are believed to be buried and rescue operation has started. Heavy machines are being arranged to clear the streets covered with debris.
The town is right now hovering under power cut as the lights had gone out after the severe quake.
The mayor of Amatrice said, ”The town isn’t here anymore”, referring to the amount of damage the termor has created. The exact figures of the damage are yet to be declared.