Dozens Feared Dead After Avalanche Buries Hotel In Italy

Several people have died and dozens are feared dead after an earthquake fueled avalanche buries a hotel in the mountains of Italy. The avalanche hit the Abruzzo region early Thursday morning.

According to the ANSA news agency three bodies have been recovered from the area. ANSA reports firefighters said the situation is dramatic and rescuers say they are calling out for survivors, but no one is answering. The Washington Post reports rescuers are digging through a wall of snow and tree debris looking for a least 30 people who are missing, including children.
Some rescue workers used skis, some were dropped down by helicopter and dogs were also being used.

The New York Times reports the avalanche happened after four earthquakes -- with epicenters in central Italy -- officials said there were more than 100 aftershocks on Wednesday.