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Friday, 1 November, 2002, 11:26 GMT
Italian earthquake
Rescuers remove the body of a child from the wreckage of the school
BBC News Online provides coverage of the earthquake that devastated a school in the Italian town of San Giuliano di Puglia, killing at least 29 people.


3 November: Mass funeral
A coffin is carried
A coffin is carried

The devastated village of San Giuliano di Puglia in southern Italy holds a mass funeral for the 26 young children killed when their school collapsed in the earthquake.



2 November: Questions raised
A woman waits for a tent in an Italian Civil Protection camp near San Giuliano Di Puglia
The Civil Protection camp

State prosecutors have arrived at the ruins of a southern Italian village to start investigating whether to bring charges over the deaths of 26 young children who were killed when their school collapsed.



1 November: Aftershocks spread fear
A woman weeps
A woman weeps

Residents of San Giuliano di Puglia again fear for their lives as another tremor hits. Work on the site of the school continues but with little hope of finding any more survivors.



Search continues all night
A boy is rescued
A boy is rescued

The search for survivors continues throughout the night with an eight-year-old boy being rescued in the early hours of the morning after rescue workers heard his cries.




31 October: Earthquake hits
The collapsed school
The collapsed school

An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale strikes central Italy. In the town of San Giuliano di Puglia a school is reduced to rubble.



Rescue efforts begin
Rescue workers
Rescue workers

Rescuers mount a desperate effort to find any survivors amidst the rubble. Some reports suggest that many of the children may still be alive.





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