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PHOTO: Residents and rescuers help a man among the rubble after a strong earthquake hit Amatrice on August 24, 2016

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A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, with reports of fatalities and significant damage surfacing quickly in its aftermath.

Officials say the towns of Accumoli and Amatrice appear to be the hardest hit by the quake, which struck at 3:36 a.m. local time as most residents slept inside their homes.

At least 37 people have been killed, according to Italy’s Civil Protection Department.

The damage was so extensive in the town of Amatrice that its mayor told the AP: “The town isn’t here anymore.”

Tremors were felt as far away as Rome, more than 100 miles away from the quake’s epicenter.

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source: abcnews.com

Dozens Killed, Widespread Damage After Strong Quake in Central Italy  was originally published on praisecleveland.com