A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck central Italy, leaving at least 13 people dead and others trapped under rubble, Italian officials said. "Half the town is gone," said the mayor of Amatrice, one of the worst areas affected. A family of four were feared dead in the rubble of their house in the nearby town of Accumoli. The quake hit at 03:36 (01:36 GMT), 100km (65 miles) north-east of Rome, at a shallow depth of 10km. Some buildings in the capital shook for 20 seconds. Officials warned the number of fatalities was likely to rise. The head of the civil protection department compared the earthquake's intensity to Aquila in April 2009 in which 309 people died. Aug. 24 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37171953
The earthquake comes exactly on the day Mars and Saturn conjoin. At Amatrice, one of the worst areas affected, the conjunction along with Neptune and the nodal axis forms a T-square with the meridian. Here Mars and Saturn are conjunct the star Antares about which Diana Rosenberg writes:
Antares also arouses great fires within the earth: this was Saturn at the great Port Royal, Jamaica earthquake of 1692: huge fissures swallowed multitudes, seismic waves drowned about 1600; Neptune at Sept, 1811 solar eclipse that preceded the massive New Madrid, MO earthquake series of 1811-12; Uranus at the stupendous eruption of Tambora in 1815; Mars when Surtsey, a new volcanic island appeared off Iceland in 1963; Neptune at the 1976 8.5 Táng Shan earthquake in China that killed 250,000; Venus at both the 1989 San Francisco and the 1995 Kobe earthquake; Mercury and Venus at the great Sumatra-Andaman undersea earthquake of December 26, 2004 killing between 200,000 to 310,000.
Finally, notice that at the exact time [03:36 am] of the earthquake, the Mars-Saturn T-square aspects the angles confirming its role in the earthquake.