- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 7, 2009

L’AQUILA, Italy (AP) — Powerful aftershocks were felt Tuesday in the central Italian region in which more than 200 people were killed in an earthquake the day before, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The 5.6 magnitude aftershock was the most powerful since Monday’s 5.8 to 6.3 magnitude quake, which toppled buildings in the medieval city of L’Aquila and was felt as far away as Rome. Entire blocks were reduced to piles of rubble and dust, witnesses said.

An official with Italy’s Civil Protection Agency said the aftershocks Tuesday have resulted in no immediate reports of injuries.

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The quake Monday also injured 1,500 people.

Premier Silvio Berlusconi said 207 people died and 15 people remain missing.

He also said 190 of those killed have been identified and at least 100 people are seriously injured.

Mr. Berlusconi told reports after surveying the damage by helicopter that rescue efforts would continue for another 48 hours and trapped people had diminishing chances of survival.

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