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Final hours tick away in L'Aquila rescue effort

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Final hours tick away in L'Aquila rescue effort


L’Aquila felt its strongest aftershock on Tuesday, spreading panic, which claimed another victim of a heart attack, and further weakened already damaged structures.

The dome on the town’s church suffered more damage, as did other buildings. The death toll is now at least 235, and 100 of the 1500 injured are in a critical condition. Many of the victims are young, as this is a university town, and also close enough, and cheaper, than Rome for students there to commute. Tuesday also brought some miraculous rescues after 42 hours buried in the rubble; a young girl and a 98 year-old woman who passed the time in the dark knitting. Although experts are now giving searchers another 48 hours before the heavy diggers move in, the teams are determined those hours will all be about rescue, and not recovery, but hope is fading fast.

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