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Embassy checks for Aussies in Italy quake

AAP logoAAP 24/08/2016

Urgent inquiries are being made in Rome to work out if any Australians are caught up in a fatal earthquake in Italy.

A 6.2 magnitude quake hit near Norcia in Central Italy on Wednesday, causing buildings to collapse and killing at least 38 people.

"The Australian Embassy in Rome is making urgent inquires with local authorities to establish whether any Australians have been affected," a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesman said.

" If you have any concerns for the welfare of family and friends in Italy you should attempt to contact them directly."

If contact cannot be made, phone DFAT's 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135 or +61 2 6261 3305 if calling from overseas.

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