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Italy: Many feared dead after avalanche hits luxury ski resort02:25

Italy: Many feared dead after avalanche hits luxury ski resort

Italy, Penne, Pescara province
January 19, 2017 at 13:56 GMT +00:00 · Published

Many are feared dead after an avalanche struck hotel Rigopiano, a luxury ski resort in the mountain village of Farindola, Pescara province, early on Thursday morning. The snowslide was triggered by a series of earthquakes that hit central Italy on Wednesday.

Up to 30 people are thought to be trapped inside the hotel, with rescue vehicles on site in the nearby village of Penne in a bid to get to those trapped in the building and under the snow. However, heavy snow has blocked roads to the site. Antonio Crocetta, head of the mountain rescue team, has stated that many people have died.

The roof of the hotel partially fell in during the snowslide, according to local reports, with at least 20 tourists and seven staff members inside the building at the time.

The avalanche comes after four earthquakes hit central Italy on Wednesday, with tremors plaguing the region throughout the night.

Italy: Many feared dead after avalanche hits luxury ski resort02:25
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Many are feared dead after an avalanche struck hotel Rigopiano, a luxury ski resort in the mountain village of Farindola, Pescara province, early on Thursday morning. The snowslide was triggered by a series of earthquakes that hit central Italy on Wednesday.

Up to 30 people are thought to be trapped inside the hotel, with rescue vehicles on site in the nearby village of Penne in a bid to get to those trapped in the building and under the snow. However, heavy snow has blocked roads to the site. Antonio Crocetta, head of the mountain rescue team, has stated that many people have died.

The roof of the hotel partially fell in during the snowslide, according to local reports, with at least 20 tourists and seven staff members inside the building at the time.

The avalanche comes after four earthquakes hit central Italy on Wednesday, with tremors plaguing the region throughout the night.