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Earthquake claims 247 lives in central Italy

First earthquake, struck central Italy, was of magnitude 6.2 which claims the lives of at least 247

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Publish Date: Aug 25 2016 12:15PM | Updated Date: Aug 25 2016 2:10PM

Earthquake claims 247 lives in central Italy

On Thursday morning , nearly 26 hours after the quake first struck, central Italy was rocked by a major aftershock of  4.7 magnitude under 4.3 miles east of Norcia, according to the USGS.

 

First earthquake, struck central Italy, was of magnitude 6.2 which claims the lives of at least 247 people. Aftershocks continued and people are still trying to recover from the panic and fear.

 

Towns of Amatrice and Accumoli, about 60 miles northeast of Rome are being the hardest hit. Firefighters pulled a 10-year-old girl alive from the rubble in Pescara del Tronto.

 

Rescuers are working tremendously in search for survivors. With 368 people injured, out of which some are very critical, and still waiting for the exact number. The death toll is expected to rise further, officials warned.

 

Amid scenes of carnage, dozens of emergency services staff and volunteers were determined to attempt to pluck more survivors from the ruins.

 

The rescue efforts "won't slow down during the night", the head of the civil protection agency Fabrizio Curcio told media.