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Ischia quake: search continues for survivors

A handout photo from Italian Carabinieri police shows rescuers saving a seven-month-old baby from rubble after an earthquake in Casamicciola in Ischia island, Italy. - EPA

A handout photo from Italian Carabinieri police shows rescuers saving a seven-month-old baby from rubble after an earthquake in Casamicciola in Ischia island, Italy. - EPA

22/08/2017 11:21

(Vatican Radio) Rescue workers continued to search those buried under rubble after an earthquake hit the tourist-packed Italian holiday island of Ischia on Monday night, killing at least two people and injuring dozens.

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The 4.3 magnitude quake struck the island of Ischia off the coast of Naples on Monday night causing frightened residents and tourists to run out in the streets.

Most of the damage was in the high part of the volcanic island and at least six buildings including a Church collapsed due to the force of the tremor.

A number of people were killed and dozens injured. A few people were pulled out alive from the rubble, including a seven-month-old baby.

More rescue workers were brought in from the mainland to help in the search for survivors.

Speaking to state broadcaster Rai News one resident said that when these things happen it’s not the houses but people’s lives that are the most important.

Ischia is a popular destination for tourists especially at this time of year, but many holiday makers decided to leave the island early due to the fear of aftershocks.

The earthquake hit just few days before the first anniversary of a major quake that killed nearly 300 people in central Italy, most of them in the town of Amatrice.

 

 

 

22/08/2017 11:21