“At the location of the earthquake, the Eurasia plate moves towards the northeast with respect to Africa at a rate of approximately 24 mm/yr,” explained scientists from the USGS National Earthquake Information Center. The USGS predicted the damage could be significant. Severe damage was reported in the town of Amatrice, where Mayor Sergio Pirozzi said “half the town no longer exists” and “there are people stuck in the rubble.” The Tyrennian coast was also affected. The exact number of killed and injured people are not yet known. Italy’s government is in touch with the country’s civil protection agency. Earthquakes are not uncommon in Italy. In 2012, two earthquakes in the Emilia Romagna region killed 23 and 14,000 others became homeless.