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A man is carried on a stretcher after being rescued following an earthquake in Arquata del Tronto, Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:36 a.m. (0136 GMT) and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome where residents of the capital felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. (AP Photo/Sandro Perozzi)

Dozens killed by 6.2 earthquake in central Italy

The town isn't here anymore.
Sergio Pirozzi, mayor of Amatrice, Italy

An earthquake struck 80 miles northeast of Rome early Wednesday morning killed dozens of people and flattened Italian towns.

The quake hit just after 3:30 a.m. local time and could be felt as far away as Rome. At least 60 aftershocks, one with a magnitude of 5.5 on the Richter scale, were also recorded.

The small town of Amatrice was particularly hard-hit.

Dozens killed by 6.2 earthquake in central Italy

WATCH:  Here's a scene of the aftermath captured on Facebook Live.

Victims are trapped, and police can't help

As of about 1:30 p.m. Eastern time, 120 people were reported dead, with dozens more missing or feared dead in the rubble.

Police in Ascoli said they could hear victims under the rubble, but didn't have the equipment needed to save them, USA Today reports.  And in Amatrice, the bridge that connects the town to the rest of the region was damaged.

The director of Italy's civil protection agency, Fabrizio Curcio, said the quake was on par with a 2009 quake that killed 300 people. 

Here are more photos from the hardest-hit towns.

This map shows the epicenter of the quake.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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