According to Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, at least 120 people have been killed and 368 injured in an earthquake that hit a mountainous area of central Italy.
Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology said it had recorded more than 200 aftershocks by 3pm local time on Wednesday.
The quake which devastated towns and villages of Amatrice, Accumoli, Arquata del Tronto and Pescara del Tronto was so powerful that it even rocked buildings in the centre of Rome more than 100 miles away as Bologna and Rome. Survivors today described ‘apocalyptic’ scenes in towns and villages at the border of three regions – Umbria, Lazio and Marche – near the city of Perugia, which is especially popular with British holidaymakers.
Americans affected by the earthquakes in Italy who require assistance, or persons with information or questions about Americans in the affected areas, may call the U.S. Embassy to Italy – Ambasciata Americana a Roma at 06-4674 2944, or contact the center by email at USCitizensRome@state.gov.