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In pictures: Central Italy's Montereale reels from four major quakes

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In pictures: Central Italy's Montereale reels from four major quakes
A mountain view of Montereale. All photos: Andreas Solaro/AFP
11:04 CET+01:00
The usually peaceful mountain town of Montereale in central Italy was at the centre of four strong quakes on Wednesday, with recovery efforts hampered by heavy snowfall. These pictures show the town in the 24 hours after the first quake hit.


The main street in Montereale, shortly after the earthquake hit. 


Police cars wait in the snow. In the background, a road sign points to nearby Amatrice.


A military bulldozer vehicle gets to work clearing the snow.

An Italian soldier stands by an emergency vehicle of the Soccorso Alpino (Italian Alpine rescuers).

Snow is cleared by military vehicles, following appeals from local mayors. "The emergency isn't the earthquake, it's the snow," said Amatrice's mayor, Sergio Pirozzi.

An Italian Civil Protection Agency car drives down snow-covered streets.

Cows stand in the snow near the main road to Montereale. Fears were raised for hundreds of animals, some of whose barns and stables, fragile from previous tremors, collapsed in the quake or left the animals suffering from the cold.

An Italian farmer walks along the main road to Montereale. 

Members of the Italian Civil Protection (Protezione Civile) carry an electric generator in a large tent on a nearby sports ground in Montereale.

Emergency vehicles worked into the night to clear snow.

An emergency shelter is set up in a Montereale sports ground.

Shocked residents set up their beds for the nights.

An elderly woman leans on a companion as she arrives at the makeshift shelter.

Two women eat as others settle down for the night, among sports equipment.

A woman holds her child as she looks on.

One woman rests in bed, while others chat.

On Thursday morning, dogs are pictured by mounds of snow outside the sports ground.

A car from the Civil Protection Agency is almost completely covered by snow.

All photos: Andreas Solaro/AFP

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