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Strong aftershocks hit Italy; survivor found

 Map locates epicenter of the 6.3-magnitude earthquake in Italy1c x 2 3/4 inches; 46.5 mm x 69 mm;
 3D map shows locations and magnitudes of earthquakes in Italy
 Chart shows the value of the euro
 Firefighters and rescuers carry out a body from the rubble of a collapsed university dorm building, known as the "Casa dello Studente" (House of the ...
 Firefighters search through the rubble of collapsed buildings, in L'Aquila, central Italy, Tuesday, April 7, 2009.  Rescuers worked frantically in th...
 A view of the damaged Chiesa della Concezione (Conception Church) in Paganica, central Italy, Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Tens of thousands of people lef...
 A man wrapped in a blanket walks in a tent camp in L'Aquila, central Italy, Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Tens of thousands of people left homeless by the ...
 Firefighters search through the rubble of collapsed buildings, in L'Aquila, central Italy, Tuesday, April 7, 2009.  Rescuers worked frantically in th...
 A man is helped by firefighters with his belongings in Onna, central Italy, Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Tens of thousands of people left homeless by the ...
 A woman is helped by firefighters with her belongings in Onna, central Italy, Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Tens of thousands of people left homeless by th...
 Two women walk by tents in camp in Paganica, central Italy, Tuesday, April 6, 2009. Tens of thousands of people left homeless by the powerful 5.8-mag...
  A man holds a tray with his breakfast in a tented camp in Paganica, central Italy, Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Tens of thousands of people left homeless...
 A woman reacts after firefighters pulled out a body from the rubble of a collapsed building, in L'Aquila, central Italy, Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Enti...
 An excavator  lifts rubble of collapsed buildings, in L'Aquila, central Italy, Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Entire blocks were flattened in the mountain c...
 An elderly woman combs her hair at a tent camp in L'Aquila, central Italy, Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Tens of thousands of people left homeless by the p...
 Firefighters carry out a body from the rubble of a collapsed building, in L'Aquila, central Italy, Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Tens of thousands of peopl...
 Colored sheets are seen hanging on a clothesline in this aerial view of the village of Onna, a day after a powerful earthquake struck the Abruzzo reg...
 Italian Army soldiers set up a tented camp on the grounds in front of the Basilica of Collemaggio, in L'Aquila, central Italy, a day after a powerful...
 Map locates towns in the Abruzzo region, Italy, where historic structures were damaged

ITALY QUAKE

Map locates epicenter of the 6.3-magnitude earthquake in Italy1c x 2 3/4 inches; 46.5 mm x 69 mm;

ITALY EARTHQUAKE

3D map shows locations and magnitudes of earthquakes in Italy

EURO

Chart shows the value of the euro

ITALY EARTHQUAKE

Firefighters and rescuers carry out a body from the rubble of a collapsed university dorm building, known as the "Casa dello Studente" (House of the ...

ITALY EARTHQUAKE

Firefighters search through the rubble of collapsed buildings, in L'Aquila, central Italy, Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Rescuers worked frantically in th...

ITALY EARTHQUAKE

A view of the damaged Chiesa della Concezione (Conception Church) in Paganica, central Italy, Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Tens of thousands of people lef...

ITALY EARTHQUAKE

A man wrapped in a blanket walks in a tent camp in L'Aquila, central Italy, Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Tens of thousands of people left homeless by the ...

ITALY EARTHQUAKE

Firefighters search through the rubble of collapsed buildings, in L'Aquila, central Italy, Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Rescuers worked frantically in th...

ITALY EARTHQUAKE

A man is helped by firefighters with his belongings in Onna, central Italy, Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Tens of thousands of people left homeless by the ...

ITALY EARTHQUAKE

A woman is helped by firefighters with her belongings in Onna, central Italy, Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Tens of thousands of people left homeless by th...

ITALY EARTHQUAKE

Two women walk by tents in camp in Paganica, central Italy, Tuesday, April 6, 2009. Tens of thousands of people left homeless by the powerful 5.8-mag...

CORRECTION ITALY EARTHQUAKE

A man holds a tray with his breakfast in a tented camp in Paganica, central Italy, Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Tens of thousands of people left homeless...

APTOPIX ITALY EARTHQUAKE

A woman reacts after firefighters pulled out a body from the rubble of a collapsed building, in L'Aquila, central Italy, Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Enti...

APTOPIX ITALY EARTHQUAKE

An excavator lifts rubble of collapsed buildings, in L'Aquila, central Italy, Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Entire blocks were flattened in the mountain c...

APTOPIX ITALY EARTHQUAKE

An elderly woman combs her hair at a tent camp in L'Aquila, central Italy, Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Tens of thousands of people left homeless by the p...

APTOPIX ITALY EARTHQUAKE

Firefighters carry out a body from the rubble of a collapsed building, in L'Aquila, central Italy, Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Tens of thousands of peopl...

APTOPIX ITALY EARTHQUAKE

Colored sheets are seen hanging on a clothesline in this aerial view of the village of Onna, a day after a powerful earthquake struck the Abruzzo reg...

ITALY EARTHQUAKE

Italian Army soldiers set up a tented camp on the grounds in front of the Basilica of Collemaggio, in L'Aquila, central Italy, a day after a powerful...

ITALY QUAKE TOWNS

Map locates towns in the Abruzzo region, Italy, where historic structures were damaged

Strong aftershocks Tuesday sent a fresh wave of fear across earthquake-shattered central Italy, and rescue crews pulled a young woman alive from a collapsed building about 42 hours after the main quake struck the mountainous region.
Eleonora Calesini, a 20-year-old student, was found alive in the ruins of the five-story building in central L'Aquila, said her grandfather, Renato Calesini, in the seaside town of Mondaini.
"She's safe!" he told The Associated Press, adding that her father had gone to devastated city in the snowcapped Apennine mountains to try to locate the student, who wears a hearing aid. She reportedly had an arm injury but was in good condition otherwise.
"We had lost all hope," provincial police official Germano di Cesare told Sky TG24. But then, searchers located her and shouted "E viva, e viva!," or "She's alive, she's alive!" Rescuers and onlookers clapped when she was brought out on a stretcher, wrapped in a blanket.
The death toll from Italy's worst earthquake in three decades climbed to 235, with 15 still missing, civil protection officials said. The dead included four students trapped in the rubble of a dormitory of the University of L'Aquila, ANSA said.
Rescue crews gave up gingerly removing debris by hand and brought in huge pincers that pulled off parts of the dorm roof, balconies and walls, showering debris down.
"Unless there is a miracle, I've been told (by rescuers) that they probably are dead," university rector Ferdinando Di Orio said.
A strong aftershock at 7:47 p.m. rained debris on screaming residents and rescue crews, who ran from the site.
"I want to go home! I want to go home!" screamed a woman identified only as Patrizia after chunks of facade rained down on them from a badly cracked building.
Her hands trembled as rescue workers gave her a cup of water. Her boyfriend, Agostino Paride, 33, an engineer, said they had driven to L'Aquila from Civitella Rovedo, some 45 miles away, to bring food and clothes to relatives in a tent camp.
To shelter the homeless against another chilly night in the mountains, some 20 tent cities sprouted in open spaces around L'Aquila and surrounding towns. Field kitchens, medical supplies and clowns with bubbles _ to entertain traumatized children _ were brought in.
Officials estimated Monday that 50,000 people had been left homeless by the quake. By Tuesday evening, that number was lowered to between 17,000 and 25,000, because many moved in with friends or relatives.
"I don't know how I'll make it," a dazed Pierina Diletti said as she stood in slippers and her nightgown outside her tent.
Premier Silvio Berlusconi, who visited one of the encampments, said an estimated 14,500 people were being sheltered in the blue tents.
Officials said some 10,000 to 15,000 buildings were either damaged or destroyed in the 26 cities, towns and villages around L'Aquila, a picturesque city of 70,000. Teams planned to begin surveying those buildings still standing on Wednesday to see if residents could move back in.
"The assessment will concern every room, every slit, every crack," Berlusconi told a news conference, adding that assessments of the region's prized cultural treasures _ churches, monuments and other historical sites _ would begin soon.
Berlusconi surveyed the devastated region by helicopter and said rescue efforts would continue for two more days _ "until it is certain that there is no one else alive." At least 100 of about 1,000 injured people were in serious condition, he said.
Experts say the vast majority of buildings in the most vulnerable regions of earthquake-prone Italy don't meet modern seismic safety standards.
Nearly half of Italy is labeled "dangerous" in terms of seismic activity, according to a 2008 report by Enzo Boschi, president of the National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology, and other Italian geologists and civil protection experts. But only 14 percent of buildings in that vulnerable swath were built to seismic-safety standards, the report said.
In the seaside town of Pescara, 16 families were sheltered at the Hotel Ambra, which offered free rooms to quake victims. "They are a little traumatized," hotel business manager Vincenzo Traversa said. "It is not a beautiful experience."
So far, 6,500 hotel beds across the Abruzzo region were made available and 4,000 filled by Tuesday afternoon, said Emilio Schirato, president of Abruzzo's hotel association. Schirato said the rooms were made available "spontaneously" by hotel owners as a gesture of solidarity.
But some people pretending to have lost their homes had sought to get free hotel rooms, Schirato said. Carabinieri police were trying to verify that people being housed were in fact deserving, he said.
In L'Aquila and surrounding towns, many took shelter in their cars.
"It was a bad night," said Francesco Marchi, 18, who slept in his car with his brother in a piazza far from buildings, fearing falling debris from aftershocks. "It was really cold, but we had sleeping bags."
Two buildings in the suburb of Pettino collapsed following one aftershock, ANSA reported, citing fire officials. No one was believed to be inside either building.
The ground shook in the nearly leveled town of Onna, about six miles away, but caused no panic. Onna residents walked around dazed, clutching whatever heirlooms they had managed to grab before their homes collapsed.
"We lost 15 members of our family. Babies and children died," 70-year-old retiree Virgilio Colajanni said as he choked back tears. Onna had about 300 residents and lost 40 to the quake.
Civil protection Maj. Cristina DiTommaso, who was helping coordinate the rescue in Onna, said search efforts were complicated by an unknown number of undocumented immigrants living there. Most of Italy's illegal immigrants are from Romania, the former Yugoslavia or northern Africa, and many work in the largely agricultural area as farm or manual laborers.
While the elderly, children and pregnant women were given priority at tent camps, others arranged to stay with relatives or in second homes out of the quake zone.
Ines D'Alessandro, 98, moved to her sister's home in nearby Sulmona after surviving her second devastating quake. Her first _ a 1915 temblor that killed 30,000 people _ occurred when she was just 4, ANSA reported.
"It is hard. I cry my heart out for all of these people struck by this tragedy, but one needs to have courage and I try to give it to others. I have fought all of my life," D'Alessandro told ANSA.
Six months pregnant, Sandra Padil spent the night in a tent without any covers as the temperatures dipped to 43 degrees.
"We are calmer out in the open," said Padil, a 32-year-old Peruvian who has been living in L'Aquila since 1996. "We didn't have blankets and it was cold, but at least this morning they gave us breakfast. Let's hope this ends quickly."
The main quake _ which struck just after 3:30 a.m. Monday _ registered magnitude 6.3, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Italy's National Institute of Geophysics, using the Richter scale, put it at 5.8.
It was Italy's deadliest quake since Nov. 23, 1980, when a 6.9-magnitude quake hit southern regions, leveling villages and killing about 3,000.
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Associated Press writers William J. Kole in Onno and Frances D'Emilio, Alessandra Rizzo, Colleen Barry and Nicole Winfield in Rome contributed to this story.


Updated : 2021-10-24 04:45 GMT+08:00