Monday, 6 April 2009

Earthquake in Italy

At least 27 people have been killed in a powerful earthquake that struck central Italy.

Five children are said to be among the dead and at least 30 people remain unaccounted for as a massive search for the trapped is under way.

The 6.3-magnitude quake struck in the early hours close to the medieval city of L'Aquila, 95km (60 miles) from Rome.

A civil protection official told the BBC that 3,000 to 10,000 buildings in the city may have been damaged.

To see the rest of the BBC report, click here.

Early report from CNN...

And from the BBC...

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