'The town isn't here anymore': Family-of-four among the 14 killed after 6.2-magnitude quake rocks Italy and buries many more under rubble
09:43, Wednesday, 24 August, 2016
At least six people have been killed after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocked central Italy, bringing down several buildings and leaving several trapped in the wreckage. The first victims of the devastating quake were an elderly couple whose home collapsed in Pescara del Tronto, in the Marche region, around ten miles from the epicenter. A family of four were also reported dead in the town of Accumoli - just four miles from where the source of the quake. 'Four people are under the rubble, but they are not showing any sign of life. Two parents and two children,' said the town's Mayor Stefano Petrucci. The quake also destroyed homes and buried people under rubble in the small town of Amatrice, where many more are feared dead. 'The roads in and out of town are cut off. Half the town is gone,' said the town's mayor Sergio Pirozzi. He added: 'There are people under the rubble... There's been a landslide and a bridge might collapse.' First images of the damage in Amatrice showed cars caked in rubble and the debris of collapsed buildings sprawled across the streets.