Off to Italy this summer? Here’s what you need to know in light of the earthquake:

What happened

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 hit central Italy at 03:36 (01:36 GMT), 100km (65 miles) north-east of Rome. So far, 38 people have been confirmed dead, with 150 missing. Emergency teams are currently searching for survivors.

Which areas did the earthquake affect?

The epicentre of the earthquake was around Accumoli, while the nearby village of Pescara del Tronto was levelled by the quake. Twenty seconds of shaking was felt in Rome, and the quake was felt from Bologna in northern Italy to Naples in the south of the country. There have been since been 80 aftershocks reported.

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Seismologist Andrea Tertulliani told the BBC that further shocks were likely, but were not likely to be as severe, adding: “But it can't be ruled out that there could be another shock on the same scale as the main one.”

Advice before you go to Italy

If you were planning to travel to an affected area over the next few days, it is advisable that you contact your tour operator, airline and hotel or host for updates on whether you should travel, and whether they will be going ahead with the trip at their end. 

It is also a good idea to make sure you have up-to-date travel insurance – and what it covers – and have refreshed yourself on what to do in the event of an earthquake.

Advice if you are already in Italy

The government has updated their online Italian travel advice with the following statement:

“An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 struck Central Italy during the early hours of 24 August. The earthquake was also felt in Rome. 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 800840840 for information.

“To learn more about what to do before, during, and after an earthquake visit the Protezione Civile website.”

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