Up to 30 people were feared to have died after an Italian mountain Hotel Rigopiano was engulfed by a powerful avalanche in the earthquake-ravaged centre of the country. Italy’s Civil Protection agency confirmed the Hotel Rigopiano had been engulfed by a six-feet high wall of snow and that emergency services were struggling to get ambulances and diggers to the site.
Gondolas sit on the muddy sea bed of the Venetian lagoon in the Riva del Vin area, in Venice, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. An uncommon low tide hampered boat circulation in many areas of the city that is built on an archipelago where canals serve the function of roads.
Twin earthquakes rocked central Italy on October 26, 2016 — the second registering at a magnitude of 6.0 — in the same region struck in August by a devastating tremor that killed nearly 300 people. The quakes were felt in the capital Rome, sending residents running out of their houses and into the streets.
Rome’s new convention center is named “The cloud” (“La Nuvola” in Italian) and designed by Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas.
Rescue crews have raced against time since a devastating earthquake leveled three towns in central Italy on Wednesday Aug. 23, leaving hundreds dead.
More than 100 were killed and hundreds more injured in a magnitude 6 earthquake before dawn in central Italy. In the mountainside villages around the epicenter, scores of buildings were reduced to rubble. “The town isn’t here anymore,” said Sergio Pirozzi, the mayor of Amatrice. Swaying could be felt some 60 miles away in Rome.
Photos from the gold and bronze men’s beach volleyball matches at the Rio 2016 Olympic games.
At least seven people drowned when an overloaded cargo ship carrying migrants from Libya capsized near the coast of Sicily on May 25, 2016. The Italian Navy successfully rescued over 500 other passengers. The navy’s Bettica patrol boat spotted “a boat in precarious conditions off the coast of Libya with numerous migrants aboard,” it said in a statement.