Ischia earthquake: 7-month-old baby pulled alive from rubble

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A seven-month-old baby was pulled alive from rubble by Ischia rescue teams after an earthquake hit the Italian holiday island.

Pictures show the infant covered in dust and with an oxygen mask being held over its face as a team of police and medics carry it out of the destroyed building.

Italian officials said the earthquake, which hit just before 9pm local time, killed at least two people and injured around 40 others.

The baby was one of a handful of people pulled out alive from rubble. 

Earthquake: The baby was pulled alive from the destroyed building (REUTERS)

Rescuers have located two other children – who are believed to be alive – and are working to free them.

One of victims was killed when she was hit by falling masonry from the church of Santa Maria del Suffragio, the Civil Protection Department in Rome said.

Baby: The infant being pulled from the rubble by a team of firemen

When the quake hit the island off the coast of Naples, residents and tourists ran out on to the narrow streets from their homes and hotels.

Fearing aftershocks, many decided to leave the island early.

Rubble: The magnitude of the quake was between 4 and 4.3 (REUTERS)

The magnitude of the earthquake is estimated to be between 4 and 4.3.

Helicopters and a ferry boat brought in more rescue workers from the mainland top the island overnight and extra ferries were provided for residents and tourists wishing to leave. 

As daylight broke, dozens of people went to the island’s four ports, having decided to end their vacations early.

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