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Last Updated: Monday April 06 2009 16:01 GMT

In pictures: Earthquake in Italy

Man runs through rubble

A strong earthquake hit a city called L'Aquila in central Italy on Monday morning, killing at least 207 people and injuring thousands.

Woman carried on stretcher

Rescuers are helping the injured and searching for survivors in the rubble.

Survivors in blankets.

The 30 second earthquake hit in the middle of the night and caused panic as people ran into the streets.

A policeman talks on a phone in front of a damaged building in the centre of L'Aqulia

Many people have died and up to 10,000 buildings have been damaged.

Thousands of people may have been made homeless.

Thousands of people may have been made homeless.

Car hangs over a crater in the road

The quake is also said to have cut phone and power lines.

Damaged house

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has declared a state of emergency.