Italy mourns quake victims as death toll approaches 160 (PHOTOS)

Italy mourns quake victims as death toll approaches 160 (PHOTOS):

Rescuers continued to search for survivors in central Italian towns devastated by a 6.2-magnitude earthquake as the number of victims rose to 159 on Wednesday night. Accounts of lucky escapes and tragedies have emerged as communities struggle to cope with the aftermath.

Meanwhile, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported yet another 4.0-magnitude earthquake hit central Italy, some 48 km east from the town of Terni, with a population of over 220,000 people. It was the 21st quake in the region in less than 24 hours.

The dramatic rescue operation continued overnight into the early hours of Thursday as scores of people are still believed trapped under the rubble. Thousands have been left homeless.

At least 86 victims come from the small towns of Amatrice and Accumoli that lie close to the epicenter of the quake, about 100 km from Rome.

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