This is the dramatic moment a little girl was pulled alive from the rubble of the “apocalyptic” Italian earthquake that has killed at least 250 people.
Hundreds more are still missing after the 6.2 magnitude quake struck early on Wednesday morning – splitting towns and villages in two and destroying medieval buildings.
Dozens of children are among the dead – including two brothers who died when a church bell tower fell on their family home and an 11-year-old boy who could be heard pleading for help under tonnes of concrete.
His pleas eventually became weaker and weaker and when rescuers managed to get to him, it was too late.
But families have been given some hope their loved ones will still be found alive after four-year-old girl Giorgia Rinaldo was rescued after spending 17 hours buried under rubble in the devastated town of Pescara del Tronto.
The incredible moment was caught on camera as one rescuer is heard saying: “You can hear something under here. Quiet, quiet.”
Another rescuer shouts into the darkness: “Come on, Giulia, come on, Giulia. … Watch your head.”
The gathered crowd erupted into cheers as the child was pulled from the debris, covered in dust and shocked but, astonishingly, not obviously injured.
The rescue was a brief moment of joy during the horror of the devastating quake in the Apennine region of Italy.