More than 24 hours after the avalanche hit, the Civil Protection department said just two bodies had been recovered.
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A huge avalanche swallowed up a luxury mountain hotel in central Italy after a series of strong earthquakes rocked the area, burying up to 30 people under tons of snow and debris, Italian officials said Thursday.More than 24 hours after the avalanche hit, the Civil Protection department said just two bodies had been recovered.The gabled peaks of parts of the roof and a row of windows were the only sections of the four-storey Hotel Rigopiano still visible after the wall of snow smashed into the four-star spa resort early Wednesday evening.The disaster struck just hours after four earthquakes with a magnitude of above 5.0 hit central Italy, sparking fears about possible avalanches.
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