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Italy earthquake: Aerial photos show sheer devastation of Italian towns

Aerial drone footage captures scope of the devastation following earthquake in Italy
ABOVE: Drone footage captures scope of the devastation following earthquake in Italy

Aerial photographs show the sheer devastation of the 6.2-magnitude earthquake the rocked central Italy just over a week ago.

Aftershocks continue to rattle the quake-devastated area as the death toll nears 300.

Areas hardest hit by the quake were the tiny towns of Amatrice and Accumoli near Rieti, 100 kilometres northeast of Rome, and Pescara del Tronto, 25 kilometres further east.

Photos show levelled buildings, crumbling landscapes as some 4,000 residents are homeless as a result of the destruction.

A general view after an earthquake levelled the town in Pescara del Tronto, central Italy, September 1, 2016. 
A general view after an earthquake levelled the town in Pescara del Tronto, central Italy, September 1, 2016. . Reuters/Stefano Rellandini
A general view after an earthquake levelled the town in Pescara del Tronto, central Italy, September 1, 2016.
A general view after an earthquake levelled the town in Pescara del Tronto, central Italy, September 1, 2016. Reuters/Stefano Rellandini
A tent camp is seen from above after an earthquake levelled the town of Amatrice, central Italy, September 1, 2016.
A tent camp is seen from above after an earthquake levelled the town of Amatrice, central Italy, September 1, 2016. Reuters/Stefano Rellandini
A general view after an earthquake levelled the town of Pescara del Tronto, central Italy, September 1, 2016.
A general view after an earthquake levelled the town of Pescara del Tronto, central Italy, September 1, 2016. Reuters/Stefano Rellandini
Collapsed houses are seen in a small village near Amatrice after an earthquake hit central Italy, September 1, 2016.
Collapsed houses are seen in a small village near Amatrice after an earthquake hit central Italy, September 1, 2016. Reuters/Stefano Rellandini
A general view after earthquake levelled the town in Amatrice, central Italy, September 1, 2016.
A general view after earthquake levelled the town in Amatrice, central Italy, September 1, 2016. Reuters/Stefano Rellandini
A general view after an earthquake levelled the town in Amatrice, central Italy, September 1, 2016.
A general view after an earthquake levelled the town in Amatrice, central Italy, September 1, 2016. Reuters/Stefano Rellandini
A general view after an earthquake levelled the town in Amatrice, central Italy, September 1, 2016.
A general view after an earthquake levelled the town in Amatrice, central Italy, September 1, 2016. Reuters/Stefano Rellandini
: A general view after an earthquake levelled the town in Pescara del Tronto, central Italy, September 1, 2016.
: A general view after an earthquake levelled the town in Pescara del Tronto, central Italy, September 1, 2016. Reuters/Stefano Rellandini
Collapsed houses and a church are seen in Villa San Lorenzo, a village near Amatrice after an earthquake hit central Italy, September 1, 2016.
Collapsed houses and a church are seen in Villa San Lorenzo, a village near Amatrice after an earthquake hit central Italy, September 1, 2016. Reuters/Stefano Rellandini
Collapsed houses and a church are seen in Villa San Lorenzo, a village near Amatrice after an earthquake hit central Italy, September 1, 2016.
Collapsed houses and a church are seen in Villa San Lorenzo, a village near Amatrice after an earthquake hit central Italy, September 1, 2016. Reuters/Stefano Rellandini
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