A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck central Italy, leaving at least 13 people dead and others trapped under rubble.
“The roads in and out of town are cut off. Half the town is gone”, the Mayor of Amatrice said.
A family of four were feared dead in the rubble of their house in the nearby town of Accumoli.
The quake which hit north-east of Rome, at a shallow depth of 10 kilometre shook some buildings for 20 seconds.
Officials warned the number of fatalities was likely to rise.
The head of the civil protection department compared the earthquake’s intensity to Aquila in April 2009 in which 309 people died.