Deadly earthquake rocks central Italy; dozens dead, hundreds missing

August 24, 2016 6:15 PM

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Deadly earthquake rocks central Italy; dozens dead, hundreds missing

AMATRICE, Italy — In this ancient town laid waste in seconds, Sister Mariana Lleshi, 35, walked the rubble-strewn streets in a daze. A patch of white gauze was taped to her forehead. Behind her stood the ruins of her convent — flattened by the 6.2-magnitude earthquake that slammed Italy’s heartland Wednesday.

Twenty women — mostly nuns, and a few lay residents — went to bed there Tuesday. By late Wednesday, seven were still missing, part of a far larger tragedy unfolding in this Mediterranean nation. As rescuers searched the debris with dogs, a nearby policeman shook his head. “Just look at it,” he said,...

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