>> The death toll in Italy's earthquake now at least 250 and likely to rise. Violent aftershocks interrupting the second day of rescue efforts. It's still unclear how many people might be under the rubble. This is a holiday destination, many properties only occupied for a few weeks each year.
It could take days to establish just how many had people in them. Reuters reporter Steve is in Amatrice, one of the worst-hit towns.>> They're still looking for bodies and even survivors. In fact, they were digging here until two minutes ago. They stopped simply because they needed silence so that they could go down and listen for a possible survivor in a house down here, just below where we are right now.
>> Aerial pictures revealing the scale of the destruction, whole villages reduced to rubble. Access for emergency workers difficult, hopes of finding more survivors dwindling as time passes. Many of the houses here are centuries old. Little can be done to make them quake-proof, but modern buildings came down too.
Wednesday's 6.2 magnitude quake struck just below the surface of the earth. That multiplied its destructive force. For the people in this remote region, survival was largely a matter of luck.