Italy Quake Death Toll Rises to 179

Rescuers are continuing to search for survivors of Italys worst quake in 30 years which killed at least 179 people. More than 24 hours after the quake shook the central Italian region of Abruzzo, emergency workers dug out two students from collapsed buildings in the medieval mountain city of LAquila, with a population of 68,000 people, that was worst hit by the disaster. Rescuers have pulled around 100 people from the rubble but civil protection officials said hopes are fading of finding many more alive. They put the number of dead at 179, with at least 34 people missing and 1,500 injured. A further 17,000 people have been left homeless. The quake, measuring between 5.8 and 6.3 on the Richter scale, struck shortly after 3:30am (0130 GMT) on Monday, catching residents in their sleep and flattening houses, ancient churches and other buildings in 26 cities and towns.