Death Toll Rises After Italy Quake

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The death toll continued to rise in Italy, Monday, after a powerful earthquake sent buildings tumbling to the ground.

Premier Silvio Berlusconi said late Monday more than 150 people have been killed, even as officials say that number is expected to climb. More than 1,500 people have been injured.

Meanwhile, an estimated 100,000 people have been left homeless. The epicenter was only 70 miles away from of the capital city of Rome, near the medieval town of L'Aquila.

Click play for more on the earthquake damage in Italy with Guy Sottile of CBN WorldReach, following Efrem Graham's report.

Emergency crews rushed to massive mounds of rubble in the mountainous region of italy.

It's now a race against time in L'Aquila as crews dig through debris in search of survivors buried beneath entire city blocks of flattened buildings.

One tearful man was one they managed to reach following the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that could be felt dozens of miles away.

The quake struck around 3:30 a.m., but the devastation wasn't clear until dawn.

In some areas the ground opened and swallowed vehicles.

"Hospitals treating more than 1,500 patients and tens of thousands are homeless," one firefighter on the scene described.

Sympathy for those who are suffering is pouring in from around the world.

President Barack Obama delivered a message from Turkey, Monday, in a joint news conference with the country's president.

"We want to send our condolences to the families there and hope that we are able to get the rescue teams in and we can minimize the damage as much as possible moving forward," he said.

Sill, moving forward will be difficult. Even those who have homes are afraid to go back inside.

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Efrem Graham

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