Last Child Freed in Ischia, Italy Earthquake

Rescuers pull out 7-month-old Pasquale from the rubble of a collapsed building in Casamicciola, on the island of Ischia, near Naples, Italy. // Photo by ANSA via AP/Newscred

Rescue workers have freed the last of three children trapped by an earthquake on the resort island of Ischia in Italy.

CNN reports that 11-year-old Ciro was pulled from debris where he had been stuck for more than 15 hours. Two older boys who had taken refuge under the mattress of their bunk bed when their house collapsed were freed overnight.

There are no words to express our happiness and satisfaction, Luca Cari, a spokesperson for the Italian fire service, told CNN. We worked all night taking enormous risks.


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According to the Associated Press via NBC News, the 4.0 magnitude earthquake killed at least two people when it struck just before 9 p.m. local time Monday, injured another 39 and left approximately 2,600 people homeless.

According to TIME magazine, at least one hotel and parts of a hospital had to be evacuated. Ischia, which is near Capri and Naples, is a popular destination with European tourists known for its thermal waters. The earthquake struck during the middle of the islands tourist season, when its population swelled from 64,000 by another 150,000.

Italy suffered a 6.6 magnitude earthquake last fall that damaged churches and other historic monuments in its central region, as well as shut down Romes metro system. That followed another series of earthquakes last August that killed nearly 300 people.

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