Alive And Free: Ten-Year-Old Girl Pulled From Debris In Italy After Earthquake Leaves 247 Dead

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A joyous moment arises from the after effects of the 6.2 earthquake that struck Italy on Wednesday, leaving 247 dead and four towns destroyed.  On Thursday, ten-year-old Giulia was rescued from the remains of a collapsed building in central Italy after spending 17 hours stuck upside down in the debris. As rescue workers searched for survivors trapped beneath the rubble in Pescara del Tronto, about 100 miles northeast of Rome, they saw Giulia’s legs and carefully removed the remains surrounding the child before pulling her out.

“You can hear something under here. Quiet, quiet,” said one rescue worker according to The Associated Press, before urging her: “Come on, Giulia, come on, Giulia.”

Giulia emerged from the rubble caked with debris, and people clapped and cheered as a firefighter carried her to safety.

Giulia’s last name has not been released. The extent of her injuries, if any, remain unknown. Watch footage from the dramatic rescue below.

The earthquake also left hundreds injured and thousands homeless, according to Italy’s Civil Protection agency. Pescaro del Tronto is among the towns struck the hardest by the intense earthquake, which occurred at around 3:30 a.m. Tremors were felt as far as Rome, located more than 100 miles away from the earthquake’s epicenter.


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