TOPSHOT - Rescues carry a man in Amatrice on August 24, 2016 after a strong heartquake. 
Central Italy was struck by a powerful, 6.2-magnitude earthquake in the early hours of Wednesday, which has killed at least three people and devastated dozens of mountain villages. Numerous buildings had collapsed in communities close to the epicenter of the quake near the town of Norcia in the region of Umbria, witnesses told Italian media, with an increase in the death toll highly likely.
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