UPDATE: A powerful earthquake has struck Italy and killed at least 38 and destroyed and reportedly wiped out small mountain villages in Central Italy early Wednesday, and the death toll was expected to rise as rescue workers were frantically digging through the rubble.  According to reports, the hardest hit towns was Amatrice, a village of 2,700 in the province of Rieti. Survivors painted a grim picture of devastation following the magnitude 6.2 temblor, which struck at 3:36 a.m. and was felt as far away as Rome. “The town isn’t here anymore,” said Sergio Pirozzi, the mayor of Amatrice.

Excerpt from Fox News:
The quake was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, shaking the Lazio region and Umbria and Le Marche on the Adriatic Coast and sending powerful aftershocks across the spine of Italy. Premier Matteo Renzi planned to head to the zone later Wednesday and promised: “No family, no city, no hamlet will be left behind.” The center of Amatrice was devastated, with entire buildings razed and the air thick with dust and smelling strongly of gas.
Last month we reported on a article entitled “Massive Volcano In Italy Awakens After 36,000 Years”, In which the report indicated that One of the most historic volcanic disasters in history is once again showing eminent signs of another massive eruption in Italy, The reported indicated that a study recently published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters indicated that about 19 miles away from the heart of Rome is the Colli Albani, which is a 9-mile-long semicircle of hills on the outskirts of Rome, last erupted 36,000 years ago, geologists previously classified it as extinct – until about 20 years ago.

Excerpt From DailyMail:
The eruption could generate massive, far-reaching clouds of smoke and ash, and send rocks raining on nearby cities, according to the study’s authors.  The center of Rome is about 19 miles (30 kilometers) away from Colli Albani and would only be severely affected by the eruption if the wind blew in the right direction, but the city’s suburbs reach all the way to the base of the volcano and could be devastated by the event