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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Italy Quake Death Toll Rises to 63

Rome, Aug 24.- The death toll from the earthquake that struck central Italy today has risen to 63, local media reported.

About 32 victims were registered only in Amatrice and other 17 in Accumoli.

Both localities are among the most affected areas by the telluric movement in Rieti province, according to observers' report.

Italian media reported a new 4.9-magnitude tremor on the Richter scale that shook the town of Arquata del Tronto, near Ascoli Piceno.

The first 6.4-magnitude quake occurred at 01:36 (local time) and shook central Italy, about 10 kilometers from the city of Norcia (Perugia). Other aftershocks occurred almost immediately in the same area.

The Civil Protection stated that the death toll will increase, while Infrastructure Minister, Graziano Delrio, confirmed that the situation 'is very serious.'

The quake left dozens injured and missing, and thousands of homeless, according to the statements from Italian authorities. (Prensa Latina)