At least 120 people have been killed after an earthquake rocked central Italy, early Wednesday morning.
The hardest hit towns include Accumoli and Amatrice, where palazzos have crumbled to the ground amid aftershocks.
It happened at 3:36 am local time while people slept and woke to extreme swaying.
Italy’s civil protection agency is coordinating the rescue effort and gave the preliminary toll as rescue teams continue to claw through debris, according to the Associated Press.
According to CBS News, the mayor of Amatrice says the earthquake has caused massive damage to the town, adding it “isn’t here anymore.”
The U.S. Geological Survey says it was a magnitude six point two quake at the relatively shallow depth of six miles.
The last major earthquake to strike Italy was in 2009 at the central city of L’Aquila, killing over 300 people, according to Global News.