6.2 magnitude earthquake rocks central Italy, 37 reported dead

At least 37 people are dead in central Italy Wednesday morning after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit the region.

Italian rescue officials said the original quake struck near the town of Norcia at 3:36 a.m. Aftershocks followed, toppling buildings and blocking roads. Rescue efforts are continuing into the morning.

Italian media is reporting the quake trapped scores under debris and set off tremors that awakened residents in Rome, nearly 100 miles to the southwest.

The mayor of Amatrice is reporting half the town destroyed by the quake.