Monday, April 06, 2009

Italy Earthquake: quake toll rises to 90





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Death toll in Italy quake on the rise


Reporting from Rome -- A powerful earthquake rocked a mountainous region of central Italy early today, killing at least 92 people, trapping victims under flattened buildings and leaving thousands of residents homeless, officials and news agencies said.

The temblor, measured at a magnitude of between 5.8 and 6.3 on the Richter scale, knocked residents out of their beds about 3:30 a.m. in the medieval town of L'Aquila, about 75 miles from Rome.


Italy quake kills 100, devastates medieval town


L'AQUILA, Italy (AFP) — A violent earthquake jolted central Italy on Monday killing at least 100 people and injuring 1,500 as buildings and homes in a walled medieval town were reduced to rubble.

Rescue workers quoted by the Italian news channel Sky TG-24 said the provisional death toll has risen to 100 "confirmed" deaths.

More than 1,700 rescuers scrambled to find victims trapped under collapsed buildings in L'Aquila, the quake's epicentre, and officials warned the toll would rise.


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