Italy avalanche claims ‘up to 30 lives’ in hotel

Rigopiano hotel, engulfed in snow.

A NUMBER of people were killed when an avalanche hit a hotel in central Italy apparently caused by a series of earthquakes.

Emergency services battled to reach the hotel near the Gran Sasso mountain in the Abruzzo region.

Head of one mountain rescue team, Antonio Crocetta, told a news source “there are many deaths.”

Up to to 30 people were believed to be in the Rigopiano hotel at the time of the avalanche.

Three quakes, the strongest with a magnitude of 5.7, hit central Italy on Wednesday but there were no immediate reports of fatalities.

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