Italy Hotel Avalanche Victims

At least seven have died and many others are feared dead in the wake of an avalanche that hit a luxury hotel Jan. 18, 2017, in central Italy, according to multiple news sources.

The avalanche occurred after the region experienced four earthquakes in the space of four hours, each registering between 4.1 and 5.2 on the Richter scale, according to news reports.

Twenty guests were staying at the Hotel Rigopiano spa resort, including children, at the foot of the Gran Sasso mountain. At least eleven people, including four children, are known to have survived. 

Around 22 people are still missing five days after the avalanche, according to Reuters, after a seventh victim was pulled from the hotel. Hope for survivors was rekindled Monday, Jan. 23, when three puppies were found alive and rescued.

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