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Several dozen people died and thousands of houses were damaged
Several dozen people died and thousands of houses were damaged on Monday after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocked central Italy's Abruzzo region, local media said.

The earthquake struck the mountainous region northeast of Rome at around 3:32 a.m. local time (01:32 GMT) and was shortly followed by a strong aftershock measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale.

Four children died in hospital of wounds on Monday in the region's capital city of L'Aquila following the quake. Two people were killed and eight others went missing in the nearby town of Fossa.

Rescuers said at least nine people have been so far confirmed dead and the death toll is expected to rise.

Italy's Civil Protection Department said up to 10,000 houses could have been damaged and thousands of people left homeless.

Part of a university dormitory and the dome of a church were also ruined in L'Aquila, the ANSA news agency reported.

Rescuers continue to work to free people believed to be trapped under the rubble of damaged buildings, while hospitals are treating the many injured.

The head of the Civil Protection Department, Guido Bertolaso, said a state of emergency could be declared following the tragedy which he described as "the major disaster of the new millennium."


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