Strong earthquake in central Italy kills at least 38

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake devastated several mountainous towns in central Italy early Wednesday, killing at least 38 people.

The earthquake hit Rieti, the capital city of Rieti Province in central Italy at 3:32 am Wednesday (0132 GMT), with a shallow depth of 4.2 km, according to the National Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. Several powerful aftershocks followed.

The temblor was strongly felt across the Lazio region and in Rome, the capital of the country, some 170 km away from the epicenter in the region of Umbria.

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