A powerful new tremor in southern Italy has triggered the evacuation of San Guiliano di Puglia, where an earthquake Thursday killed at least 29 people, mostly children.
Details are sketchy about the new quake, but Italy's National Geophysics Institute confirmed there were strong aftershocks this (Friday) afternoon.
Families in San Guiliano di Puglia have all but given up hope of finding any more loved ones alive. Searchers have pulled the bodies of at least 25 children, including an entire class of six-year-olds and a teacher, from the wreckage of a collapsed school. Two other women in the village died in their own homes.
Thursday's earthquake was centered in the town of Campobasso, about 225 kilometers southeast of Rome. It measured five-point-four on the Richter scale -- the strongest earthquake to hit Italy in five years.
Local media report about three-thousand people in the region have abandoned their damaged homes. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has declared a state of emergency in the Campobasso region.