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Photos Show Just How Much Damage The Italy Earthquake Caused

Entire towns were razed to the ground.

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake tore through a handful of mountainous towns in central Italy on Wednesday, killing at least 120 people and leaving thousands homeless.

The quake, which could be felt almost 100 miles away in Rome, struck in the early hours of the morning when most residents were asleep.

Italy sent army personnel to the affected area, while the Vatican said it mobilized several of its firemen to help. Crews could be seen combing through entire villages completely razed to the ground and pulling residents out from under piles of rubble.

“The town is no more,” Amatrice Mayor Sergio Pirozzi told CNN affiliate Rai.

The towns ravaged by the quake are steeped in history. Many of the buildings in Amatrice, for example, date back to the 13th century.

Check out some shots of the devastation below:

  • Rescuers clear debris while searching for victims in damaged buildings on Aug. 24 in Arquata del Tronto, Italy.
    Giuseppe Bellini via Getty Images
    Rescuers clear debris while searching for victims in damaged buildings on Aug. 24 in Arquata del Tronto, Italy.
  • Rescuers carry a body away in Amatrice.
    Ciro Luca / Reuters
    Rescuers carry a body away in Amatrice.
  • A statue of the Virgin Lady stands outside a destroyed niche in Pescara del Tronto.
    Remo Casilli / Reuters
    A statue of the Virgin Lady stands outside a destroyed niche in Pescara del Tronto.
  • People and rescuers stand next collapsed buildings in Amatrice.
    Ciro Luca / Reuters
    People and rescuers stand next collapsed buildings in Amatrice.
  • A general view of Pescara del Tronto destroyed by the earthquake.
    Giuseppe Bellini via Getty Images
    A general view of Pescara del Tronto destroyed by the earthquake.
  • More damaged buildings in Arquata del Tronto.
    Giuseppe Bellini via Getty Images
    More damaged buildings in Arquata del Tronto.
  • A cracked building facade in Arquata del Tronto.
    Giuseppe Bellini via Getty Images
    A cracked building facade in Arquata del Tronto.
  • People sit along a road following an earthquake in Amatrice.
    Ciro Luca / Reuters
    People sit along a road following an earthquake in Amatrice.
  • 75-year-old Rocco Girardi is rescued from the ruins in Arquata del Tronto.
    Giuseppe Bellini via Getty Images
    75-year-old Rocco Girardi is rescued from the ruins in Arquata del Tronto.
  • Rescuers amid the rubble in Pescara del Tronto.
    Remo Casilli / Reuters
    Rescuers amid the rubble in Pescara del Tronto.
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