The death toll following the 6.2 magnitude earthquake in central Italy rose sharply overnight – Wednesday’s estimate of 159 victims was updated to 247 – as rescue teams make their way through the affected towns.
The mountain towns of Amatrice, Pescara del Tronto, Arquata del Tronto, and Accumoli, all north of Rome, were hit the worst, although tremors were felt from Bologna to Naples. Hundreds of aftershocks followed the initial quake, including one that registered at 5.4 magnitude.
A team of more than 5,000 police, firefighters, Army troops, and volunteers continue to work on rescue operations and provide services for those whose homes were destroyed. READ MORE.