Earthquake Strikes Central Italy, Dozens Killed

The 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck overnight, causing widespread damage.
2:44 | 08/24/16

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We want to get right to the breaking news. Relook live at the Italian town of amatrice. Town reduced to rubble after a deadly earthquake struck overnight. Look at the before and after photos. The before on the right. The utter devastation on the left. Here's what we know. The 6.2 magnitude quake hit around 3:30 A.M. Local time. Dozens confirmed Ted. An Italian seismologist says there have been at least 150 tremors since. The aftershocks hit in Rome. The pope says he's deeply saddened. Praying for the victims. Thanks volunteers and rescuers. Terry Moran is there with the latest. Good morning, terry. Reporter: Good morning, George. Well, the quake was felt here if Rome for about 30 seconds or so of swaying and shaking. But at the open centers about 100 miles northeast of here, it lasted for a terrifying 14seco2 seconds. It happened in the middle of the night. The worst time. Everyone in Nair beds. Rescue workers flooding the scene, trying to save lives. Overnight, a deadly earthquake bring down buildings in central Italy. Rescue crews are still scouring the debris this morning. Looking for anyone who may still be trapped. This woman was pulled from the rubble alive. Walls of buildings are completely gone. On this building, only the wall remains. The 6.2 magnitude quake struck just after 3:30 in the morning. The electricity had gone. We were able to make our way down the stairs into the garden. Reporter: Many people spent the night outside as the aftershocks came. Quite severe shake of the beds. The first thing I did was panic and we waited for it to just subside to go check on our children. Reporter: In Rome, about 100 miles northeast, buildings shook for about 30 seconds. One local mayor saying half his town is gone. The Italian government says damage is severe. They're sending heavy equipment to clear wreckage in the popular Italian summer resort town. In 2009, central Italy was hit by a 6.3 magnitude quake. That one killed over 300 people and demolished towns. No major city was struck by this quake. That devastation region is a region of picturesque hill top towns, stone houses, very vulnerable to quakes. As after every quake, it's a race against time.

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