Central Italy Rocked By 6.2-magnitude Earthquake

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Central Italy was rocked by a 6.2-magnitude earthquake early Wednesday morning, centered near the city of Perugia. The temblor, which occurred at 3:36 a.m. local time, was shallow -- just 6.2 miles deep, according to the U.S. Geological Survey -- and lasted about 20 seconds. The USGS said data from previous similar quakes indicate there may be widespread and severe damage. The quake was felt as far away as Rome, according to reports. There were unconfirmed reports of heavy damage in the town of Amatrice. Italy has suffered from several deadly earthquakes in recent years, including one measuring 6.3 in 2009 that killed nearly 300 people, and a pair of quakes measuring 6.0 and 5.8 that killed dozens in 2012.

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