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Firefighters Save Dog From Earthquake Rubble

| by Michael Doherty

One day after a 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit Italy, rescuers made a surprising discovery when they pulled a dog out of the rubble.

Emergency responders were looking for people trapped in the rubble in Norcia, Italy, after the country's worst earthquake in decades, when they noticed a dog's paw sticking out from beneath a pile of rubble. The rescuers began to lift stones to discover a dog that had survived the quake but had been trapped beneath the debris, according to Daily Mail.

Rescuers removed rubble to reveal the dog's face, and firefighters were able to safely remove the animal from the rocks. After it was saved, rescuers comforted the dog and gave it water to drink.

Thousands have been displaced by the quake, which had a magnitude of 6.6, the highest on record since a 6.9 magnitude earthquake killed more than 2,735 people close to Naples in 1980.

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The exact number of people who have been evacuated is not yet clear, though no deaths or injuries have been reported. The lack of deaths is reportedly in part because many left their homes after a smaller earthquake in a nearby area left almost 300 dead in August.

Norica's Basilica of St. Benedict, built in the 14th century, was also reportedly destroyed in the earthquake.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said the government would aid in rebuilding the areas that were leveled by the quake. Renzi said that the state would provide temporary housing for people to live in until new wooden houses can be built.

The dog was unscathed after the incident, according to Fox News. While it did not show signs of being injured, the animal was taken to a medical center for a checkup.

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Source: Daily Mail, Fox News / Photo credit: Vigili del Fuoco via Daily Mail

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