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THE GREAT EARTHQUAKE.

THE DEATH BOLL MOUNTS HIGHER. 30,000 IN ABRUZZI PROVINCE. WHOLE DISTRICTS WIPED OUT FIRE AND BOILING- WATER OUTBREAKS. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. ROME, January 16. It is estimated that 1,000 are dead out of 1,800 inhabitants in tho Paterno district, and 600 out of 1,600 at Sampelino, which is practically wiped out. Capolla is one heap of ruins. Latest estimates are that the.ro axe 30,000 dead in tho Abruzzi, including 14,000 in the Avezzano district. The Countess Resta and five sons were rescued alive at Avezzano. The Count clung to the ruins of tho palace and spumed condolences. He worked tenaciously- for two days and nights to extricate, the family. Tho disaster surpasses that of Messina in the low percentage of survivors. Only 2 or 3 per cent, escaped at Avezzano, compared with 50 per cent, at M&ssina. The violence of the shock was unprecedented. A... carter was passing about 50 vards from a house 30ft, high, when the house was literally hurled against him, burying the horse and cart. Avezzano was ground to powder as by a gigantic machine, and corpses are putrefying, the whole attention being devoted to the wounded under the ruins. The reseures at. the outset were, so few that they could do no more than mark the spots where voices were heard, and when help was forthcoming the voices were silent. Two girls, who were protected under a. piano, implored help for two days, but were slowly asphyxiated by tho dust or frozen to death. Fires broke out at several points, and r;ome undoubtedly were burn-ed alive. Fire also completed the destruction of .MssVin. Oi •« hundred people were burned at the church at Custilliri during a funeral service. The rescuers at Sora. found ye von rums and a orient who had beou killed at (ho altar during comnuinhri. Sixty bc-dics were found in tho dining room of a crirls' college at Avezzano. Seven-eighths of the population of Massadalbe and the majority at Core-bins were killed. Large numbers were buried in the churches. Much damage was dono at Subiaeo, including the. Benedictine Abbey. Seven hundred bodies have been recovered at Sora. DANGERS OF RESCUERS. ROME, Januarv 17. The work of relief continues under the most dangerous conditions. There are great crevasses in the cemetory at Coro, from which, masses of boiling water are thrown up. THE AUSTRALIAN RECORDS. SYDNEY. January 17. I The £eismas» ra V | hs- at Sydney and Melbourne disclosed slight " earth tremors corresponding with the time of the Italian earthquake.

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THE GREAT EARTHQUAKE., Issue 15703, 18 January 1915

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THE GREAT EARTHQUAKE. Issue 15703, 18 January 1915

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