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Haunting images and footage show devastation of Italian avalanche


An avalanche, likely triggered by an earthquake, has buried a hotel in the Italian region of Abruzzo, leaving at least 30 people missing. 

Rescuers have worked relentlessly to reach the four-star Hotel Rigopiano, close to Gran Sasso mountain. 

A series of earthquakes hit the region Wednesday, including one with a 5.7 magnitude. 

Local residents alerted emergency services after the hotel’s roof partly collapsed. But rescue efforts were hindered by a snowstorm which blocked access to the hotel. 

Pictures showed rescuers shovelling their way through a wall of snow, and at least one man being led through the cleared path. Read more…

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