Central Italy struck by magnitude 6.1 earthquake

August 24, 2016 3:06 AM

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Central Italy was rocked by a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in the early hours of the morning Wednesday, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre.

The earthquake struck just after 3:30 a.m. local time near Amatrice, a town in the province of Rieti. Residents in Rieti fled their homes and ran into the streets as the earthquake damaged buildings, the Associated Press reported. Blackouts have been reported.

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