An earthquake near the Italian city of L’Aquila has killed more than 150 people and left thousands homeless, with many victims still missing. The quake, measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale, struck during the small hours of the morning, when most people were in bed. As many as 10,000 homes and buildings have been damaged or destroyed. Authorities are now working to find shelter for the 40,000 people who fled their homes. And Reuters reports that an Italian seismologist warned of a possible quake weeks ago but was reported to authorities for “spreading alarm” and required to take his predictions off the Internet.