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ITALY-Death toll in earthquake rises to 159

A large earthquake struck central Italy just after 3:30 am local time, when most people in the region were asleep at home. The magnitude 6.2 earthquake reduced buildings to rubble while people slept inside, devastating small towns scattered throughout the region. Strong aftershocks continued to shake the region as the day went on. Reports are still coming in, but based on the strong shaking in the region, initial estimates put economic losses due to earthquake damage at somewhere between $1 billion and $10 billion.

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