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Baby Rescued Alive From The Rubble As Deadly Earthquake Strikes Italian Holiday Island Of Ischia

One person is dead and it's feared more could be trapped under the rubble.

22/08/2017 10:08 AM AEST | Updated 22/08/2017 3:37 PM AEST
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A church and several other historic buildings collapsed in the historic island town of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, at 9pm Monday local time.

ROME (Reuters) -- An earthquake hit the tourist-packed Italian holiday island of Ischia on Monday night, collapsing buildings, killing at least one person and injuring more than 25, officials said.

Residents and tourists on the island off the coast of Naples ran out on to the narrow streets from homes and hotels. Fearing aftershocks, many decided to leave the island early.

Television images showed that about six buildings in the town of Casamicciola including a church had collapsed in the quake, which hit at 8:57pm local time.

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People are rescued from damaged buildings in Ischia. One person is dead and seven more are still missing.

The quake hit a few days before the first anniversary of a major quake that killed nearly 300 people in central Italy, most of them in the town of Amatrice.

Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology put the magnitude of Monday's quake at 4.0, revising it up from an initial 3.6, but both the U.S. Geological Survey and the European quake agency estimated the magnitude at 4.3.

The Civil Protection Department in Rome said one woman was killed when she was hit by falling masonry from the church of Santa Maria del Suffragio.

Most of the damage was in the high part of the volcanic island. Hotels and residences on the coast did not appear to suffer series damage.

Helicopters and a ferry boat brought in more rescue workers from the mainland.

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A popular tourist destination, Ischia is home to many historic buildings, including Aragonese Castle.

Three extra ferries were provided during the night for about 1,000 residents and tourists who wanted to leave. As daylight broke, dozens of people went to the island's four ports, having decided to end their vacations early.

A few people were pulled out alive from under the rubble, including a seven-month-old baby. A few others, including two children, were located still alive and rescuers were working to free them, according to media.

Roberto Allocca, a doctor from a local hospital, told Sky TG24 television that about 25 people had been treated for minor injuries. Most of the hospital had been evacuated and the injured were treated outside.

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The rescue effort is continuing through the night.

Some civil protection squads were already on the island because of brushfires.

(Reporting by Philip Pullella; Editing by Alison Williams and Sandra Maler)

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