Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Heartbreaking photos from 6.2 magnitude earthquake that killed at least 73 in Central Italy…150 people missing

Agony: A man is pulled out of the rubble with a large gash in his head following the earthquake in Amatrice

At least 73 people were killed, including two babies, and 150 people are believed to be trapped under rubble after the 6.2-magnitude quake struck at 3.30am local time this  in central Italy. Rescuers spoke of hearing children's screams from the rubble and locals were spotted frantically digging with their bare hands to try and save loved ones. 

The first victim to be named by local media reports is Marisol Piermarini - an 18-month-old baby who was sleeping in her crib when the house she was staying in Arquata del Tronto collapsed. Mother Martina and father Massimiliano were on holiday with their baby when she was killed. They have been taken to hospital with 'many wounds' after being pulled from the rubble.

The quake which devastated the mountainside towns and villages of Amatrice, Accumoli, Arquata del Tronto and Pescara del Tronto was so powerful that it even rocked buildings in the centre of Rome more than 100 miles away and was felt as far away as Croatia. Survivors today described 'apocalyptic' scenes in towns and villages at the border of three regions - Umbria, Lazio and Marche  - near the city of Perugia, which is especially popular with British holidaymakers. 

Covered: In what looks like an image from Pompeii, the town of Amatrice is seen smothered in grey dust and rubble in this aerial photo 

Dante's Inferno: Agostino Severo, a Rome resident on holiday, described Amatrice as looking like 'Dante's Inferno'. 'People crying for help, help. Rescue workers arrived after one hour... one and a half hours,' he said

Catastrophic: Only a few buildings appeared to still be in tact amidst the absolute devastation in the town of Amatrice 

Collapse: The Mayor of Amatrice described how 'the roads in and out of town are cut off. Half the town is gone - there are many dead'

Still standing: This red brick building is one of the only remaining structures in the historical part of the town of Amatrice 

Heartbreaking: The body of an unidentified child lies on a bench covered in a pink sheet  in Arquata del Tronto, Italy

Distraught: Rescuers help a woman among dressed only in a sheet after she was saved from damaged buildings in Amatrice

Escape: An injured man covered in dust is carried out of a crumbling building on a stretcher by a team of rescue workers in Amatrice 

Victims: The bodies of three people tragically killed in the earthquake in Pescara del Tronto lie in body bags in front of rescuers

Saved: A man cries (left) as the injured local is delicately pulled from the rubble while another rescuer prevents bricks from sliding down on top of him

Secured: The man was helped by Red Cross workers and firefighters as the gently carried him out of the rubble 

Ripped open: The bedroom interior of one resident's home in Pescara del Tronto is about the only thing that remains intact 

In ruins: Barely any buildings remain intact in the town of Pescara del Tronto after the devastating earthquake 

Hope: Dramatic footage showed the moment a woman was discovered trapped alive under the rubble in the town of Accumoli in Italy

Hope: Dramatic footage showed the moment a woman was discovered trapped alive under the rubble in the town of Accumoli in Italy

Pulled out: A team of rescue workers help gently lift a man from a devastated building in Amatrice

Help: A team of rescue workers and local men carry a body on a stretcher out of the rubble in the central Italian town of Amatrice 

Bloodied: An injured nun checks her mobile phone as she lies near a ladder and a blanket following an earthquake in Amatrice

Hurt: Pope Francis interrupted his weekly audience in St Peter's Square to express his shock. 'To hear the mayor of Amatrice say his village no longer exists and knowing that there are children among the victims, is very upsetting for me,' he said

Crying out: A woman stands among damaged buildings and screams in attempt for to find loved ones trapped in Amatrice

Reassurance: A rescue workers holds the hand of a traumatised woman after she was rescued from a collapsed building in Amatrice 

Side by side: The historical center of the town of Amatrice was completly wiped out but the newer part of town appears to remain standing

Debris: This is an overhead view of Amatrice, whose historic centre has been wiped out by the powerful earthquake overnight

Frantic: A man carries a pram among damaged buildings after the strong earthquake hit Amatrice on August 24

Collapsed: An unconscious survivor on a makeshift stretcher is carried from the what remains of a collapsed building in Amatrice

Harrowing: A body covered with a sheet and red jacket is carried past a mound of rubble, wood and metal by four rescuers in Amatrice 

Bandaged: A man who suffered a head injury during the devastating earthquake is pictured in the town of Amatrice 

Frightened: Many children were caught up in the quake in the town of Amatrice. Residents across a broad swath of central Italy felt the temblor, which struck at 3:36 a.m. and sent people running into the streets

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