Italian firefighters, Vigili del Fuoco, posted aerial videos showing the devastation in the central Italian town of Amatrice following a magnitude 6.2 earthquake that struck central Italy. The town, an 88 mile drive from Rome, had buildings from the 16th century which were reduced to rubble, as you can see in the harrowing drone video. The US Geological Survey estimates that the quake’s epicenter was just 100 miles northeast of Rome. So far the death toll is over 120 lives and counting...
Tragedy is unfolding in Italy- as a powerful earthquake is blamed for dozens of deaths. Drone video and stills are helping us get a better look at the damage.
This is footage of Amatrice, taken by Italy’s national Firewatchers, Vigil del Fuoco. The town is about 80 miles northeast of Rome.
The BBC says the six-point-two quake hit in the early morning, about 65 miles Northeast of Rome. In one village, leaders say three quarters of the homes were destroyed. Italy’s prime minister says volunteers and first responders rushed to the scene in the dark. In many cases, digging with their bare hands to find survivors. Rescue dogs are also searching the rubble.
The BBC says the quake is similar in strength to a 2009 earthquake in Italy that killed more than 300 people. This region of Italy is prone to earthquakes- since it sits on a major fault line.
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