Source : http://www.timesonline.co.uk
At least 27 people, including five children were killed when an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale destroyed hundreds of homes in central Italy early this morning.
Scores more are missing after the earthquake struck at 3.32am (0132 GMT) near l'Aquila in the mountainous region of Abruzzo 60 miles (95 kilometres) north of Rome.
Dawn revealed a scene of devastation in the town, the epicentre of the earthquake, as rubble blocked the streets and rescue workers desperately searched for survivors in the ruins of the collapsed buildings.
The death toll rose through the night and is expected to keep rising, according to police.
At least half a dozen university students remain trapped after their dormitory in l'Aquila was destroyed, according to Italy's RAI TV. A student who was not named told RAI they were awakened by the earthquake and ran down the stairs of the dormitory before the roof collapsed.
Police confirmed that five people were killed in the small town of Castelnuovo, and four children died in hospital in l'Aquila, three miles from the quake's epicenter, according to the Italian news agency ANSA. An elderly woman and a child were also crushed when their home collapsed in the nearby town of Fossa.
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