British tourists feel shocks as strong earthquake rocks central Italy


Tourists more than 100 miles away from the epicentre of an earthquake that has hit central Italy were woken by the tremors.

The magnitude 6.2 quake had its epicentre in Norcia in Umbria, about 105 miles north east of Rome.

At least 10 people have been reported dead in two towns which were partially demolished - the hardest-hit places were Amatrice and Accumoli, near Rieti. These towns are some 50 miles north east of Rome.

A man is carried out on a stretcher as a collapsed building is seen in the background following an earthquake, in Amatrice
A man is carried out on a stretcher following an earthquake in Amatrice (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)

Sarah Conrad works for YouTube in London and is visiting Rome. She said she was woken up in the early hours and also felt aftershocks.

A number of other tourists have been tweeting about what it felt like to experience an earthquake.

The mayor of Amatrice, Sergio Pirozzi, told state-run RAI radio and Sky TG24 that people were buried under collapsed buildings.

He said the lights had gone out and heavy equipment was needed to clear streets covered with debris.

"The town isn't here anymore," he said.