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Earthquake struck Italian holiday island of Ischia, tourists were evacuated

Two people killed and dozens injured following the earthquake that struck the tourist-packed Italian holiday island of Ischia on Monday night.

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Tourists and residents on the island off the coast of Naples ran out onto the narrow streets after the quake wrecked a church and several buildings. Fearing aftershocks, many decided to leave the island early. More than 1,000 people were ferried off the island during the night, and hundreds of others gathered at ports on Tuesday morning, waiting to leave.

About six buildings in the town of Casamicciola, including a church, collapsed in the quake, which hit at 8:57 p.m. (1857 GMT) on Monday.

Rescue workers searched the rubble for survivors through the night. Three children were trapped under a building that had collapsed in La Rita, a small village near Casamicciola. The youngest, a 7-month-old, was rescued during the night. The other two were his brothers. One, a 7-year-old, was freed in the morning, after firefighters had remained in contact with the children all night. The third child, age 11, was removed from the rubble on Tuesday, about 16 hours after the earthquake. Italian news media showed the boy, covered in dust, being whisked on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance.

Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology put the magnitude at 4.0, revising it up from an initial 3.6, but both the U.S. Geological Survey and the European quake agency estimated it at 4.3.

Photo credit: Eliano Imperato/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

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