UPDATE 1:41 P.M. EST: According to Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, the latest figures say at least 120 are dead and 368 are injured as a result of the quake.
This is terrifying!
Early in the morning on Wednesday, Amatrice, Italy was shaken quite literally when a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck, followed by another one that registered approximately 5.5 about an hour later.
Sadly, the quakes and their numerous aftershocks that have occurred have killed at least 38 people and trapped several other under debris.
Not only were there about 40 earthquakes in the area over the course of a three-hour period, but tremors could be felt in Rome about 100 miles southwest!
The quake was compared by authorities to the 2009 tremblor in the Abruzzo region of Italy that killed upwards of 300 people.
The towns that were affected the most seem to be Accumoli, Amatrice, Arquata del Tronto, and Pescara del Tronto as the mayor of Amatrice, Sergio Pirozzi revealed:
“Half the town no longer exists.”
Pirozzi went on to express that rescuers obviously are “hoping that most people were alive,” but remained realistic by saying:
“The problem is removing people from under the rubble.”
As for how many might be trapped under debris, Sergio only said “many, many.”
Luckily, there has been a lot of support offered from around the world as rescuers continue to look for victims. Others are doing their part too as Pope Francis led people a prayer for the victims of the earthquake instead of his normal catechism lesson and people on social media are getting involved!
Apparently friends and relatives of those buried or trapped have been using Facebook‘s safety check feature which lets users mark themselves as safe as well as contact people to let them know of their current state after an emergency.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t the only major quake Wednesday as Yangon, Myanmar was hit with a 6.8 magnitude earthquake. The good news is, the U.S. Geological Survey has said that some casualties and major damage were certainly possible, but nothing too extreme as the impact seemed to be localized in an area where earthquakes commonly occur.
The big difference between the two incidents is the larger shake in Yangon was reported at being centered 84 kilometers (52 miles) below the surface, while the one in Italy had an approximate depth of 10km (6.2 miles). A quake that’s origin is at a much deeper depth will not have near the impact on the surface as one centralized closer to the surface.
[Image via AP Images.]