Excerpt from USA Today
Written by Eric J. Lyman and Steph Solis
ROME — As many as 50 people were reported killed and dozens more were missing or feared dead Wednesday after a magnitude 6.2 earthquake and a series of aftershocks struck several towns in central Italy, according Italy's civil protection agency.
The ANSA news agency said 35 of the dead were in the small town of Amatrice alone, with another 17 dead in the province of Ascoli Piceno, which includes Pescara del Tronto.
The hardest-hit towns were Amatrice and Accumoli near Rieti, about 80 miles northeast of Rome.