Early Wednesday morning, a devastating 6.2 magnitude earthquake strong enough to be felt more than 100 miles away in Rome, hit central Italy southeast of Norcia.
Towns across three regions — Umbria, Lazio and Marche — were hit. The mayor of Amatrice, a town in the province of Rieti where the earthquake did the most damage, says his town “isn’t here any more”. The earthquake has essentially wiped it off the map (see below).
The death toll has officially risen to 120 and counting, and another 150 are estimated to still be missing, trapped among the rubble. Eighty six people lost their lives in Amatrice alone. Thousands are homeless now.
Above shows the Chiesa Di Sant’Agostino church in Amatrice before the quake; below is after.
Drone footage over Amatrice below shows the extent of the devastation.
While video captures rescue workers digging through giant mounds of rubble to save lives.
Events like this illustrate that it’s always good to prepared… you just never know.
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