August 2016: Earthquake Rocks Italy

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

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Earthquake Rocks Italy
Rescuers search through debris following an earthquake in Amatrice, central Italy
In the early morning of Wednesday, August 24, 2016, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Italy. The death toll rises steadily, nearing 300 within three days. Buildings are destroyed, people are killed in their sleep, and the historic town of Amatrice—once made up of 17 hamlets and over 2,000 residents—is mostly destroyed. Rescue efforts are intense; hearing the screams of the people below the stones, residents attempt to rescue victims themselves with their bare hands before emergency services arrive. Italians from all over the country travel to the area to help. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi calls for national unity and the mayor of Amatrice, Sergio Pirozzi, aims to save as many lives as possible as there are still voices under the rubble.
Photo source: Massimo Percossi/ANSA via AP
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