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Post-Quake Investigation in Italy Starts with Contracts

A 3.8-magnitude aftershock hit the quake zone on Wednesday, reportedly damaging a building in Norcia
By The News · 31 of August 2016 11:14:18
Civil Protection operators carry a casket ahead of a state funeral for some of the victims of last Wednesday's earthquake, in Amatrice, central Italy, No available, photo: AP/Andrew Medichini

Firefighters have conducted a preliminary search of Amatrice’s crumbled elementary school and financial police have begun gathering documentation about contracts for renovations of quake-destroyed public buildings as the investigation into the devastation kicked into higher gear a week after the temblor struck central Italy.

Another body was extracted from the rubble early Wednesday and a 23-year-old student who was injured in the hard-hit medieval town of Amatrice died at a hospital in Pescara, bringing the death toll from the Aug. 24 temblor to 294, with a handful of people still missing, the ANSA news agency reported.

A 3.8-magnitude aftershock hit the quake zone on Wednesday, reportedly damaging a building in Norcia. It was one of more than 3,000 post-quake aftershocks that have rattled residents, some 4,000 of whom remain homeless.