We are also taking a break. We expect the daytime to be hard for those in tne disaster zone.
Here are a few of the first daytime photos from Amatrice, from the Italian Red Cross delegate. The photos were posted on Twitter by Francesco Rocca, on behalf of the Italian Federation of the Red Cross.
23:00 PST. We have reports of upwards of 6 people that have likely died.
We now have confirmation that casualties are expected to rise.
RAI TV is already on scene, and you can find some video on Twitter.
We have an initial report of casualties, with at least two death. This is multiple media.
The population of Amatrice is 2,730 people. The town of L’aaquila was destroyed during the 2009 quake that hit the same area.
Here is the church, interior shot.
Mayor of #Amatrice: “The town doesn’t exist anymore. The ancient doors have come down.” (📷 via @magar81)
Here is a second photo:
August 24, 2016 (ROME) the 6.2 in tne Richter scale hit Italy at 3:00 AM local time. According to the United States Geological Service (USGS) the earthquake happened 10 km SE of Norcia and they are expecting significant casualties and structure losses.
The mayor of Amatrice, a small town in the province of Rieti, north of Lazio, said that the town is gone, and people are trapped under the rubble. This is according to Reuters.
The quake was felt in Rome, and people ran out into the streets.
This is a breaking news story. We will update it as we learn more.