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Death toll continues to rise in quake-hit Italy
   2016-08-25 14:36:39    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Fei Fei

Rescue is underway after a powerful 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck the city of Rieti near the capital city of Rome on August 24, 2016. [Photo: CFP]

The death toll from the earthquake in central Italy has risen to 247, according to the Italian civil protection authority.

At least 369 people were injured when the powerful 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck the city of Rieti near the capital city of Rome on Wednesday, with a shallow depth of 4.2 kilometers, according to the National Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (INGV).

More people are buried under the rubble, with many of them believed to be be children.

Over 4,300 rescuers are using heavy lifting equipment and their bare hands to search for them.

Residents in the central region are continuing to feel strong aftershocks, including a 4.7-magnitude tremor with an epicenter about seven kilometers east of Norcia, according to the US Geological Survey.

The hardest-hit towns were Amatrice and Accumoli, near Rieti, some 100 kilometers northeast of Rome.

The mayor of Amatrice said three-quarters of the town had been destroyed and no buildings are safe for habitation.

Many people were on holiday in the town of Amatrice for a festival to celebrate a famous local specialty, amatriciana bacon and tomato sauce.


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