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More than 70 dead, 1,500 injured in Italian quake

L AQUILA, Italy - Officials say more than 70 people havebeen killed in an earthquake in central Italy and that 1,500 peoplehave been injured.

Premier Silvio Berlusconi and civil protection chief GuidoBertolaso spoke to reporters after reaching the central Italiancity of L'Aquila. The city was hit by a powerful earthquake asresidents slept early Monday.

Berlusconi warned that more quakes were possible and said no onewould be allowed to remain in damaged homes. He said many buildingsin the city's historic center were at risk of collapse.

Bertolaso told reporters that "the victims are even more than70."

The quake struck about 70 miles (110 kilometers) northeast ofRome at 3:32 a.m. local time, officials said.


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