>> The death toll in Italy's earthquake now put at 247 but that's unlikely to be the final number. Rescuers working through the night to find survivors battling frequent after shocks. Now it's very unclear how many people might be under the rubble. This is a holiday destination with many properties only occupied for a few week each year.
It might take days or weeks to establish just how many had people in them. These aerial pictures show the scale of the challenge, how villages reduced to rubble. Access for emergency workers difficult. Meanwhile, thousands of local people were facing up to their first night in shelters. Even those whose homes were still standing.
> I will stay out. There's no way I'll set foot in my house. Even if nothing happened to it. I'm too scared.>> 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 temblor struck just below the surface of the Earth.
That multiplied its destructive force. For the people of this remote region survival was largely a matter of luck.