“We’re still in a phase that allows us to hope we’ll find people alive,”
AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — Rescue crews raced against time Thursday looking for survivors from the earthquake that leveled three towns in central Italy, but the death toll rose to 247 and Italy once again anguished over trying to secure its ancient communities built on seismic lands.
The death toll in the 6.2 magnitude earthquake that rocked central Italy on Aug. 24 has risen to at least 247, according to Italy’s Civil Protection Department. Rescuers worked through the night (pictured) to save quake survivors trapped under the debris. The massive quake set off tremors that were felt as far away as Rome, nearly 100 miles (160 km) away and almost destroyed one of a beautiful historic town, Amatrice.