4.9 Aftershock Hits Italian Quake Region

Tuesday, April 7th 2009, 7:40 am
By: News On 6

L'AQUILA, Italy (AP) - A strong aftershock has hit the central Italian region where rescuers are searching for survivors of the country's deadliest earthquake in nearly three decades.

The 4.9-magnitude aftershock sent rescue workers and survivors scrambling.

They had been working frantically in this central Italian city early Tuesday, scooping through piles of rubble with their hands.

Tens of thousands of people left homeless by the powerful 6.3-magnitude quake early Monday slept in makeshift tents that provided little protection against the chilly mountain air. Sscores of survivors lined up for a hot cup of coffee or tea and a brioche.

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