Earthquake strikes Italian island: Baby rescued from rubble

At least one dead after quake hits popular Italian holiday island

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Footage has emerged showing the moment a baby was pulled alive from rubble after an earthquake struck a tourist-packed Italian island.

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Firefighters rescued the tiny boy from a collapsed building in Ischia, off the coast of Naples, in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The island was hit by a 4.0 magnitude earthquake on Monday night which left at least one person dead and 25 others injured.

A picture released by the Fire Brigade shows the baby in the arms of a fireman.

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The Brigade's Twitter account described the rescue in the town of Casamicciola as a 'miracle'.

Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV) put the magnitude at 4.0 but both the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the European quake agency, EMSC, estimated the magnitude at 4.3.

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Rex Features

Credits: Rex Features

Rex Features

Local Civil Protection Department official Giovanni Vittozzi said one woman was killed when she was hit by falling masonry from a church and that officials were checking reports of another victim.

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

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REUTERS

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.

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

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REUTERS

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AFP

The television reports said the buildings that collapsed appeared to have been inhabited and about 10 people were still unaccounted for.

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.

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