Residents in central Italy were waking up to scenes of devastation this morning after a strong earthquake rocked the heart of the country.
At least five people were killed in the 6.2 magnitude earthquakeÂ quake, which sent residents fleeing their homes and running into the streets. A family of four were also trapped under the rubble and showing no signs of life.
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In 2009 a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in the Aquila region, which was also felt in the Italian capital, left more than 300 dead.
Italy is often shaken by earthquakes. Another quake hit the northern Emilia Romagna region in May 2012, when two violent shocks 10 days apart left 23 people dead and 14,000 others homeless.
The shallow quake, estimated to have struck after 3:30am at a depth ofÂ 6 miles,Â was felt across a broad section of central Italy, including the capital Rome where people in homes in the historic centre felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks.