A strong earthquake in central Italy has killed at least ten people and left others trapped under rubble.
 
The quake and a series of powerful aftershocks struck in the early hours of the morning 47 miles south-east of Perugia, with shocks felt as far away as Rome.
 
The 6.2 magnitude earthquake caused serious damage to a number of towns.
 
The US Geological Survey predicted that the damage could be significant, based on data from previous quakes.
 
A 6.3-magnitude earthquake in the Aquila region in 2009, which was also felt in the Italian capital, left more than 300 dead.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “If you are in the affected area, you should follow the advice of the local authorities.
 
“If you are in Italy, Civil Protection have activated a hotline 800 840840 for information.
 
“To learn more about what to do before, during, and after an earthquake visit the Protezione Civile website.”