Italy Earthquake: Investigators Probe Whether Negligence Led to High Death Toll

August 28, 2016 2:03 PM

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Italy Earthquake: Investigators Probe Whether Negligence Led to High Death Toll

AMATRICE, Italy — Bulldozers and other heavy equipment rolled through Italy's quake-devastated town of Amatrice on Sunday, pulling down dangerously overhanging ledges and clearing rubble as investigators tried to figure out if negligence in enforcing building codes added to the quake's high death toll.

Investigations will focus on a number of structures, including an elementary school in Amatrice that crumbled when the quake hit Wednesday. The school was renovated in 2012 to resist earthquakes at a cost of 700,000 euros ($785,000).

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