Deadly Earthquakes Turned Central Italy Into a Terrifying Pile of Rubble

By Bryan Menegus on at

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit Norcia in central Italy early this morning, followed by some 40 more aftershocks over the course of three hours. The quakes affected towns throughout the Umbria, Lazio, and Marche regions. Italian wire service ANSA is currently reporting 73 dead.

Amatrice was among the most damaged towns. Its mayor, Sergio Pirozzi, told the Associated Press that the town simply isnt’s here anymore.” Rescue efforts have been underway as workers attempt to dig survivors out from the rubble—video of which has surfaced on social media.

Deadly Earthquakes Turned Central Italy Into a Terrifying Pile of Rubble
Rescue workers search for survivors in Amatrice (Image: AP / Alessandra Tarantino)

Facebook activated its safety check feature for residents of central Italy so they could inform friends and family of their safety. Photos on social media suggest relief workers have begun setting up aid camps in the affected areas.

Deadly Earthquakes Turned Central Italy Into a Terrifying Pile of Rubble
The old buildings in Arquata del Tronto simply buckled from the shaking (Image: Getty / Giuseppe Bellini)

Deadly Earthquakes Turned Central Italy Into a Terrifying Pile of Rubble
Rescue workers pulled this 75-year-old man from the rubble in Arquata del Tronto (Image: Getty / Giuseppe Bellini)

Deadly Earthquakes Turned Central Italy Into a Terrifying Pile of Rubble
Aerial photo of Amatrice (Image: AP / Gregorio Borgia)

Deadly Earthquakes Turned Central Italy Into a Terrifying Pile of Rubble
It’s unclear whether some buildings can be salvaged or repaired (Image: Getty / Giuseppe Bellini

Deadly Earthquakes Turned Central Italy Into a Terrifying Pile of Rubble
An aerial view of Pescara del Tronto (Image: Getty / Giuseppe Bellini)

Deadly Earthquakes Turned Central Italy Into a Terrifying Pile of Rubble
A damaged road in Arquata del Tronto (Image: Getty / Giuseppe Bellini)

Deadly Earthquakes Turned Central Italy Into a Terrifying Pile of Rubble
The cracked road viewed from a different angle (Image: Getty / Giuseppe Bellini)

Deadly Earthquakes Turned Central Italy Into a Terrifying Pile of Rubble
Rescue workers in Accumoli (Image: Getty / Giuseppe Bellini)

Deadly Earthquakes Turned Central Italy Into a Terrifying Pile of Rubble
Rescue workers dig through the rubble of a collapsed apartment building in Arquata del Tronto (Image: Getty / Giuseppe Bellini)

Deadly Earthquakes Turned Central Italy Into a Terrifying Pile of Rubble
The wall of a bedroom went missing in Arquata del Tronto (Image: Getty / Giuseppe Bellini)