The Big Picture: Disaster

A man walks in front of ruined buildings

A powerful earthquake has struck central Italy, claiming many lives. The 6.3-magnitude quake struck at 0330 (0130 GMT) close to L'Aquila city, 95km (60 miles) north-east of Rome.

A civil protection official said 3,000 to 10,000 buildings in the medieval city may have been damaged.

Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

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