- SAN GIULIANO DI PUGLIA, Italy (Reuters) - A fresh
strong tremor rocked south-central Italy on Friday, shaking lamp posts
and sparking panic in a town where at least 29 people were killed after
an earthquake hit on Thursday.
- Witnesses said the latest, long-lasting tremor shook
the whole town, sending fresh rubble tumbling from buildings, although
there were no initial reports of injuries.
- The national geophysics institute confirmed that a new
"strong" earthquake had hit the area and one scientist at the
institute in Rome said it registered 5.3 on the Richter scale.
- Thursday's earthquake, registering 5.4 on the Richter
scale, was the strongest tremor to hit Italy since 1997.
- It flattened San Giuliano's only school, killing at least
26 children. Rescue workers were pulling the last bodies out of the rubble
when Friday's fresh quake hit.
- Witnesses said terrified residents ran into the streets
screaming, and many jumped in their cars to flee, blocking ambulances trying
to get into town.
- Television footage showed parents of the children who
died in a school screaming in front of a sports center where their children's
bodies were being kept.