Bryant U. basketball team in Italy, felt earthquake

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AMATRICE, Italy (WPRI/AP) — A devastating earthquake rocked central Italy killing at least 37 people. Rescue efforts have continued through the night, to find people trapped in the rubble.

The magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:36 a.m. and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome, where residents felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. The temblor was felt from the Lazio region into Umbria and Le Marche on the Adriatic coast.

Pope Francis has skipped his scheduled catechism lesson on Wednesday and instead, leading the crowds outside the Vatican in praying the rosary.

The Pope said he is stunned by the devastation of the magnitude 6.1 quake.

Meanwhile, the Bryant University Men’s Basketball team is in Rome, and they told Eyewitness News Reporter Brian Yocono, they felt the earthquake.

In an email to Yocono, Assistant Coach Chris Burns writes:

Team is doing well. We had our game that was scheduled today cancelled because it was very close to the epicenter of the quake. But team is safe and sound and in good spirits.

On Tuesday, the team was tweeting pictures of their visit to the Vatican.

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