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Death toll from Italy's earthquake, aftershocks up to 267

Death toll from Italy's earthquake, aftershocks up to 267Italy's civil protection agency has increased the death toll from Italy's earthquake to 267, the Associated Press reports early Friday morning.

The number of injured being treated at hospitals stood at 387.

With more than a day and a half passing since the last person was extracted alive, the head of operations for the civil protection, Immacolata Postiglione, insisted that the rescue effort continued "in search of other people trapped in the rubble."

Another strong aftershock has rattled quake-ravaged central Italy early Friday morning, reportedly causing some more damage to crumbled buildings in hard-hit Amatrice.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the aftershock had a preliminary magnitude of 4.7. Italy's national geological institute put the magnitude at 4.8. It said the 6:28 a.m. temblor was preceded by more than a dozen weaker aftershocks overnight and followed by another nine in the subsequent hour.

The quake zone has experienced more than 500 aftershocks, some measuring 5.1, in the two days since the original pre-dawn quake Wednesday.
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