Thirteen killed in Italy quake (Third Lead)

April 6th, 2009 - 12:18 pm ICT by IANS  

Rome, April 6 (Xinhua) At least 13 people, including four children, were killed Monday in a strong earthquake in central Italy, TV channels reported.
The earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 rocked central Italy early Monday, damaging buildings in the town of Aquila, where the epicentre was located, some 95 km northeast of Rome.

The US Geological Survey initially put the quake’ magnitude at 6.7 and later revised it to 6.3.

Quoting Aquila’s public safety officials, Italy’s state television said the quake measured 5.8.

According to the US agency, the quake struck at 03.32 a.m. (0232 GMT) and its epicentre was located 33 km underground.

The quake was also felt in Rome, waking residents there.

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