Italy Declares State of Emergency: Earthquake Leaves 90+ Dead

by Benjamin Domenech on 9:35 am April 6, 2009

Rescuers were digging bodies out from the collapsed ruins of dozens of houses and emergency services said the death toll was ”bound to rise.”

Gianfranco Fini, speaker of Italy’s lower house of parliament, said entire towns has been “virtually destroyed” with 15,000 buildings off limits.

The tremor struck at just after 3.30am local time this morning and measured 6.3 on the Richter scale.

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