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'A miracle': Seven-month-old baby pulled alive from rubble after earthquake hits Italian holiday island of Ischia, killing two

21:53 EDT 21 Aug 2017 | Yahoo News

'A miracle': Seven-month-old baby pulled alive from rubble after earthquake hits Italian holiday island of Ischia, killing twoA seven-month-old baby has been pulled alive from rubble after an earthquake hit the Italian holiday island of Ischia, killing at least two people. The baby boy was rescued at 0400 local time. A second child has now been rescued - a boy named Mattias, 11, who is the brother of the baby boy. A third brother, Ciro, eight, remains trapped in the rubble but firefighters are in contact with him and say they are confident they will be able to extract him too. The 4.0 magnitude quake hit the island, in the Bay of Naples, at 8.57pm on Monday. Up to 40 people were injured, including one seriously. An elderly woman was killed by masonry falling from a church, while a second woman was found dead beneath the rubble of her home.  Italian Carabinieri police officer and a doctor carry a baby rescued after an earthquake hit the island of Ischia Credit: REUTERS The worst hit area on the island was the village of Casamicciola, where several houses collapsed.  “There was a very loud noise, a rumble. It was like a bomb. At first, we didn’t understand that it was an earthquake,” said Simona Postiglione, a local resident. In one smashed building, a family of seven people were trapped beneath the rubble. They were extracted one by one, including the seven-month-old baby, named Pasquale, who was pulled out alive in the early hours of Tuesday.  #22ago 4:00 #Ischia, miracolo #vigilidelfuoco: estratto in vita il neonato dalle macerie di #casamicciolapic.twitter.com/LTfeaAHyL8— Vigili del Fuoco (@emergenzavvf) August 22, 2017 Firemen called the survival of the infant “a miracle” – he was trapped under the rubble for more than seven hours. They clapped and cheered as the baby was gently extracted. The child was in good health but was taken to a local hospital as a precaution, along with his mother, who was also rescued. A doctor carries a baby rescued after the earthquake hit Ischia Credit: REUTERS The powerful quake caused panic on the island, with hundreds of people running out into the streets. “When the quake hit we all ran out into the street. It was very frightening,” an Italian holidaymaker told the Ansa news agency. A hospital had to be evacuated after cracks appeared in its  walls. Some patients were flown by helicopter to nearby Naples. A woman is helped out of debris and rubble after an earthquake hit the island of Ischia, Credit: Reuters Three ferries have been laid on specially to enable people to leave the island if they wish. Ischia, which is particularly popular with German tourists, has been hit by earthquakes before. In 1883 around 2,300 people died after a quake hit Casamicciola. Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV) put the magnitude at 4.0 but both the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the European quake agency, EMSC, estimated the magnitude at 4.3. People remove debris after an earthquake hit Ischia island, near Naples, Southern Italy, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 Credit: ANSA Civil protection squads were already on the island because of brush fires and more were arriving from the mainland. The quake hit a few days before the first anniversary of a powerful quake that killed nearly 300 people in central Italy, most of them in the town of Amatrice. 


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