Though the quake and the 4.9-magnitude aftershock were felt in Rome, according to various media outlets, damage there was minimal. As we reported yesterday, the quake caused minor cracks at 3rd-century baths in the capital city. L'Aquila, however, is uninhabitable at this time, according to the BBC; between 3,000 and 10,000 buildings are thought to have been devastated. The 6.30-magnitude earthquake is reportedly responsible for the death of more than 200 people; 100 are critically injured.
Our thoughts are with those affected by the earthquake. We'll report on updates as the situation warrants.
--by Melissa Baldwin Paloti, Managing Editor, with reporting by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor