Natural disaster strikes Italian island: Baby rescued from rubble

Jerome Frank
August 23, 2017

Rescuers on Tuesday pulled alive from rubble a seven-year-old boy and were working to reach his 11-year-old brother after their home was flattened by a 4.0 magnitude natural disaster on the resort island of Ischia off Naples.

The victim, an elderly woman, was hit by debris in the town of Casamicciola, said Col. Giovanni Salerno of the Finance Police Naples province unit.

Authorities say they have located a second person who was killed in the 4.0-magnitude quake on the resort island of Ischia.

Sky TG24 said that the two boys, 5 and 7 years old, were given bottles of water early Tuesday and were responding to rescuers.

Doctors said about 20 people suffered slight injuries, but officials fear others may be trapped in the rubble.

Italy should have had sufficient measures in place to protect people from a 4.0 magnitude natural disaster, the country's top geologist said on Tuesday. Italian Red Cross volunteers and staff are also working with the local authorities to provide succour to people affected by the quake.

The quake hit the island near Naples at 8.57pm yesterday, sending terrified residents and tourists scrambling into the streets as houses crumbled and deep cracks split the tiny terraced gardens... At least 39 more people were injured.

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A woman died from falling masonry from a church, and another was found dead in the rubble of her home, The Telegraph reported Tuesday.

Images showed that about six buildings in the town of Casamicciola as well as a church had collapsed.

Firefighters pulled the baby from the rubble some seven hours after the quake, and are continuing work on rescuing his two brothers.

Hundreds of frightened people panicked and ran into streets when the natural disaster struck. It also caused an electrical blackout and the evacuation of a hospital. The quake on August 24, 2016 killed more than 250 people in Amatrice and beyond and set off a months-long series of powerful aftershocks that emptied many towns and hamlets of their people.

The island has a year-round population of about 63,000, which swells to more than 200,000 in summer, with many people from the mainland owning holiday homes.

Casamicciola was the epicenter of an 1883 quake that killed more than 2,000 people.

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