Italian earthquake death toll continues to rise

Italian earthquake death toll continues to rise

A powerful earthquake which hit central Italy early on Monday [April 6] has killed at least 179 people, according to reports.

The 6.3 magnitude quake struck the medevial city L'Aquila, 60 miles from Rome at 1.32 AM UK time (3.32 Italy).

At least 30 people are missing and five children are reported to be among the dead.

Operators believe the earthquake is unlikely to affect sales.

Sunvil Holidays product manager Italy Rosanna Melaragni said: “They had an earthquake around five or six years ago when we had properties in the area and we didn’t have any come back on it. It was over quite quickly, it was in the news for a bit but people carried on booking.”

Kuoni said it does not feature any properties in the area while a TUI Travel spokesman said it is currently believed that no mainstream customers have been affected.

The TUI resort team is currently contacting hotels to ensure they have not been damaged.

Typically Italian Holidays director Daniele Broccoli said he does not have any clients in the region as the operator does not feature it, while he has also had no phone calls from concerned customers.

He added: “It seems to have been the older buildings that didn’t withstand the earthquake at all.”

Latest on the earthquake from Google News

Map: Where the earthquake struck

Purple pin: Earthquake epicentre | Blue pin: L'Aquila

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