A 6.2-magnitude earthquake has hit central Italy and rescuers are searching for survivors.
- 21 people killed, according to CNN affiliate Rai
- Original quake struck near town of Norcia at 3:36 a.m.
- Aftershocks followed, toppling buildings and blocking roads
The quake caused serious damage to a number of towns and villages, but did not seem to have hit heavily populated areas.
“Half the town is gone,” said the mayor of Amatrice, one of the worst areas affected.
A family of four were feared dead in the rubble of their house in the nearby town of Accumoli.
The quake hit at 03:36 (01:36 GMT), 100km (65 miles) north-east of Rome, at a shallow depth of 10km.
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Reference: CNN, ABC, BBC