Rigopiano avalanche: Ten found alive in Italy hotel after two days

Twenty-two guests and seven staff members were registered as being at the hotel, but the actual number is unclear, and rescuers say it could be as many as 35.

Two people who were outside the hotel at the time of the avalanche survived.

A list of 23 names given by La Stampa newspaper suggests that most are Italians, but they include a Swiss national and a Romanian.

Three are children aged six, seven and nine, and the oldest person on the list is a man of 60.

Italy has seen a wave of damaging earthquakes in recent months. The Apennines region saw three magnitude-6 tremors between August and October.

It is believed that the geological stress is spread across a number of fault lines in Italy’s mountain ranges – with recent earthquakes as the result.

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